New research by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Erika George was featured in a blog by the Institute of Human Rights and Business, a think tank based in London.
George and co-author David Wofford authored the blog to promote their new research, Recognizing Women’s Rights at Work: Health and Women Workers in Global Supply Chains. In the article, newly published in the Berkeley Journal of International Law, George and Wofford argue for a more expansive view of health rights at work. Greater alignment is needed between occupational safety and health (OSH) standards for workplaces and internationally recognized health rights, they contend.
George and Wofford’s blog ran in conjunction with London’s Family Planning Summit, now underway.
“The Family Planning Summit in London this week is re-invigorating efforts to ensure that women and girls around the world are able to plan their families and their futures. A main focus is on strengthening public health services and on building networks of civil society and other partners to expand rights-based family planning.
But what about the corporate role in these matters – and business’ responsibility to respect human rights, including reproductive health rights, in their own operations and commercial relationships? Beginning with the World Health Organization Constitution (1946) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(1948), human rights instruments have progressively addressed the social determinants of health, including the workplace, occupational health and safety, and the right to sexual and reproductive health.
The adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011 was an important milestone for human rights. Yet, women’s health rights at work continue to be largely passed over.”