Harpreet Kaur on Business and Gender in Southeast Asia

13 March 2018

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Download Filetype: MP3 - Size: 6.6MB - Duration: 7:41 m (120 kbps 44100 Hz)

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.

Latest IHRB Publications

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica - Where Lies Privacy?

It is the cardinal rule of the Internet that anything you say in cyberspace lives in perpetuity, and there is no such thing as complete privacy.

Users can use cryptographic tools to protect their communications, change their passwords repeatedly,...

Charities Should be Held to the Same Human Rights Standards as Business

This blog originally appeared on Ethical Corporation.  

The revelations relating to UK-registered but global charity giant Oxfam have caught the attention of media worldwide. Allegations of sexual abuse have also surfaced over recent days involving...

26 February 2018

Commentary by John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

Regulate First. Ask Questions Later.

There is a remarkable lack of concern on the part of policy makers about the dearth of evidence for the effectiveness of the international standards they push at business.

So it was with some anticipation that I read Roel Nieuwenkamp’s recent IHRB...