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Further Guidance

Examples of further guidance on gender equality include:

  • DCAF, ICRC, GCBHR, Security and Human Rights Toolkit, Gender and Security Fact sheet: This fact sheet provides practical guidance for human rights defenders in handling gender and security issues.
  • United Nations Global Compact, E-Learning Course: How Business Can Accelerate the Pace of Change: This online course helps companies understand the role of business in advancing gender equality and the concrete steps that they can take to help accelerate the pace of change.
  • United Nations Development Programme, Gender Diversity and Inclusion for a Fair Business Environment: This report presents results of a research conducted across five ASEAN countries on gender roles and stereotypes that can limit women’s leadership prospects and highlights the role of companies and their organizational policies and practices in promoting gender-equal leadership.
  • United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Gender Dimensions of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: This resource emphasizes how human rights responsibilities must include gender considerations and includes a three-step gender framework that States, business enterprises and other stakeholders could use to achieve substantive gender equality.
  • ILO, Women in Business and Management: The Business Case for Change: This report presents survey results from 13,000 enterprises across the globe and offers new insights into how gender diversity at the top improves organizational performance.
  • ILO, Women in Business and Management: Gaining Momentum: This report brings together available data and ILO statistics to provide a comprehensive global picture of women in the business world and in management positions.
  • ILO, A Quantum Leap for Gender Equality: For a Better Future of Work for All: This report highlights key gender gaps and obstacles to decent work for women.
  • ILO, Tools and Resources for Business on Non-discrimination and Equality — Gender Equality: A range of tools and reports on achieving gender equality in the workplace.
  • ILO, The Contribution of Social Dialogue to Gender Equality: A report demonstrating how industrial conversations and social dialogue improve opportunities for women and gender equality at work.
  • ILO, The Women at Work Initiative: The Push for Equality: This report outlines obstacles to gender equality at work and in society and suggests how they can be tackled by Governments and companies.
  • ILO, Maternity Protection Resource PackageGuidance and tools to strengthen and extend maternity protection to all women in all types of economic activity.
  • IFC, Investing in Women: New Evidence for the Business Case: This report demonstrates how companies can benefit from developing and implementing gender-smart solutions and includes multiple case studies.
  • World Economic Forum, Global Gender Gap Report 2022: This resource provides an overview of the barriers women continue to face as another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity.
  • Fair Labor Association, Triple Discrimination: Woman, Pregnant and Migrant, Preventing Pregnancy Discrimination among Temporary Migrant Workers, Lessons for Malaysia, Taiwan and ThailandGuidance for employers to avoid multi-factored discrimination against women in supply chains.
  • Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Business and Human Rights: A Summary of Three Thematic Learning Exchanges on the Digital Transition, National Action Plans and Feminist Approaches: This summary report presents highlights and key themes emerging from a series of online discussions hosted by the DIHR and focused on: gender in the digital transition in Eastern-South­ern Africa; gender in processes for the development of National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights (NAPs); and connecting feminist approaches and business.
  • Empower Women, Resources: Over 2,600 learning and research materials by Empower Women — a global movement focusing on women empowerment and connecting the private sector, civil society, academia, governments and international organizations from more than 198 countries.
  • Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS), SheDilPractical tool, based on UNGPs and OECD guidance, helping businesses safeguard women and girls’ human rights in their operations. Includes a series of questions covering all due diligence steps.
  • Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Tools & Guidance: This collection of resources contains tools and guidance to strengthen connections between gender, business and human rights.
  • SME Compass, Due Diligence Compass: This online tool offers guidance on the overall human rights due diligence process by taking businesses through five key due diligence phases.
  • SME Compass, Standards Compass: This online tool offers guidance on what to pay attention to when selecting sustainability standards or when participating in multi-stakeholder initiatives. It allows comparing standards and initiatives with respect to their contribution to human rights due diligence and their potential limitations.
  • SME Compass, Downloads: Practical guides and checklists are available for download on the SME compass website to embed due diligence processes, improve supply chain management and make mechanisms more effective.
  • UN Global Compact, E-learning Course on How to Be a Male Ally for Gender Equality: This e-learning course helps individuals learn why and how to become a male ally for gender equality. Taking the course helps one to understand the business case for male allyship, discover what it means to be a male ally, learn what concrete actions to take and hear from other male allies already taking action for gender equality.
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