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Voices is a podcast series by the Institute for Human Rights and Business that takes the conversation on business and human rights around the world. In this series, IHRB staff members talk with activists, academics, lawyers, business executives, and officials in different parts of the world about how they see the business and human rights agenda and challenges in their part of the world.
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Virginia Bras Gomes
Virginia Bras Gomes chairs the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She is also senior social policy adviser in the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security in Portugal. She has been on the board of UN agencies in Portugal as well as a member of the Portuguese National Human Rights Committee.
In this conversation with IHRB's Salil Tripathi, Virginia speaks of the challenges companies face while operating in diverse environments, with different laws and different jurisdictions, in developing remedies for gender-based human rights abuses. Virginia recognises that states, whose primary responsibility it is to protect human rights, often plead inability to advance women's rights citing cultural relativist arguments and claiming exceptionalism. But she stresses the universality of human rights, and urges companies to do more.
She cites two useful general comments from the committee - GC 23, on the right to just and favourable conditions of work, and GC 24, on state obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the context of business and human rights.
Rated 5 out of
Very interesting conversations with leading thinkers in the field from Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, UK and India.
Date published: 2015-02-10