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AWID Think Piece on Fiscal Policy, Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

This think piece is a contribution to the consultation “Fiscal Policy, Poverty, and Human Rights” that took place in Geneva from 16 to 17 September 2013, bringing together experts working on issues related to fiscal policy, finance and human rights to contribute to the preparation of the report of the Special Rapporteur (SR).

In June 2014, at the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the SR on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, submitted a report concerning fiscal policy and the human rights of persons living in poverty. 

The points presented in this brief build on AWID’s analysis on the impacts of the crisis on women across regions conducted during 2009 to 2011 and some of the lessons learned by key feminist economists and women’s rights activists on how fiscal policies have an impact on the enjoyment of human rights and women’s rights in particular.

We encourage deeper exploration into the bibliography for detailed analysis and illustration of case studies.

The recommendations provided are based on the conviction that the human rights framework provides a clear and universally recognized foundation for the design, implementation and monitoring of fiscal and economic policies. Such a framework is crucial not only to guarantee the enjoyment of human rights for all - particularly economic, social and cultural rights - but also to ensure the burdens of economic crises no longer disproportionately impact the most marginalized or vulnerable in society, particularly women.

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