Submission to the OHCHR: The impact of economic reform policies on women’s human rights

Date Posted: Tuesday 27th February 2018

February 2018



The UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights is calling for contributions from NGOs, civil servants, academia and other stakeholders on the impact of austerity on women’s human rights.

The evidence that cuts to benefits and public spending have hit women and the poor hardest and the UK government’s refusal to conduct equality impact assessments, along with parallel tax cuts that have benefited higher earners and men the most, means UK fiscal policy has exacerbated the inequality between men and women’s economic and social rights. The WBG have submitted a contribution highlighting this point, focusing particularly on how women, and in particular BME women, have borne the brunt of economic austerity since 2010.


You can view a copy of our submission here.


States, international financial institutions, civil society, academia, trade unions and other relevant stakeholders are kindly invited to share with the Independent Expert information, documents, case studies or analysis. The deadline for contributions is the 5 April 2018, more details are available here.

This is an important chance to feedback on the devastating impact the cuts are having on women, do consider contributing if you can.