Gender

The Gender theme fosters and furthers multi-disciplinary critical feminist engagement with the business and human rights agenda. We build on an understanding of organizations as ‘inequality regimes’ that frequently institutionalise and perpetuate gender and other forms of inequality across the globe.

Collaborating with researchers, as well as practitioners - in business, government and civil society - we aim to assess, and advance, the potential of the new business and human rights agenda to address gender equality, and intersectional oppression.

We work to develop the gender, business and human rights research field, and to critique and apply the United Nations (2019) recommendations on the ‘Gender dimensions of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’.

The Gender theme intersects with, and aims to contribute to, other themes of BHRIGHT through, for example, raising questions and highlighting research regarding the gendered nature of global business supply chains, climate change, health, technologies, and business operations in conflict-affected areas.

Researchers

Gender Theme Leader

Dr Kate Grosser 

Gender Researchers

Sara Todt; Lisa Heap; Yingyi Luo; Emma Rae; Laura McVey; Saima Ahmad; Dr Elizabeth Shi; Dr Meagan Tyler; Associate Professor Shelley Marshall.

Gender, Business and Human Rights with Dr Kate Grosser

Dr Kate Grosser explains why gendered injustice worsening rather than improving

Portrait of Andrea Shemberg

Why it helps companies to think of sexual harassment as a human rights issue

GBI Chair Andrea Shemberg discusses the advantages to companies of using a human rights lens to examine risks associated with sexual harassment.

Theme resources

Projects

Affiliate research partners

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.