Human Rights Council: Special Procedures

The Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. They can take the form of Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts and Working Groups. With the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Special Procedures prepare thematic reports that contribute to addressing specific human rights concerns and clarifying human rights standards and make recommendations to States fulfill their international binding legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights. The Special Procedures also undertake country visits, send communications to States in which they bring alleged violations or abuses to their attention, engage in advocacy, raise public awareness, and provide technical support and cooperation on areas related to their mandate.

The Working Group on discrimination against women and girls is calling for inputs for its next thematic report on ‘women’s human rights in the changing world of work.’ An overview of the scope of the forthcoming thematic report can be found in the Working Group’s website, under Highlights/ Questionnaire on ‘Women’s Human Rights in the Changing World of Work’ and also here.

The Working Group is seeking inputs from civil society organizations, States and other stakeholders to inform the preparation of this report in line with its mandate to address discrimination against women and girls, both in law and in practice. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2019.