Non-Discrimination

Harpreet Kaur on Business and Gender in Southeast Asia

Podcast, 13 March 2018

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

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Harpreet Kaur is a gender, workplace, and human rights professional with over thirteen years of experience in research, advocacy and communication. She is Deputy Director of the Genpact Centre for women’s leadership (GCWL) at Ashoka University in India, which aims to steer the global thinking on ‘women, workplace & rights’.  Harpreet is also the founding member of India’s Human Rights & Business Network, and on the advisory panel of India Responsible Business Forum.

In this podcast, Harpreet talks to IHRB's Salil Tripathi about achieving gender equality in the workplace.  In particular, she discusses the outcomes of a consultation hosted by the GCWL in February 2018 on how to apply the gender lens to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Held on behalf of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, the consultation brought together delegates from more than 30 countries in South East Asia. Harpreet describes the key outcomes of this consultation – that businesses need to carry out rigorous gender impact assessments to identify gender dynamics at multiple levels, but that they also need to work closely with NGOs to improve gender equality at a societal level, as they do not work in isolation. 

 


This podcast is part of a mini-series dedicated to the theme of business, equality, and non-discrimination, to mark International Women's Day on 8 March 2018 and International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March 2018.

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