Monitoring women's socio-economic equality under ICESCR

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Little attention has been paid to the monitoring tools of women’s socio-economic rights (SER). Can the established monitoring tools used by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) be reformed to detect all the ways women’s SER are undermined or is it more conceptually sound to establish a new gender equality monitoring standard? This article argues for both approaches. Incorporating a gender equality framework into traditional monitoring tools enriches accountability. To detect the complex ways women experience violations of their SER it is necessary to develop an independent evaluative tool. This article proposes that Fredman’s four dimensional model of equality be used for monitoring women’s rights under ICESCR.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-116
Number of pages24
JournalCanadian Journal of Women and the Law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2018