June 20, 2018 | Washington, D.C.
Women and children are often disproportionately impacted by conflict and violence – and are often at risk of sexual assault and human rights abuses by security forces. Implicit within international best practices for business and human rights is the need to identify and mitigate risks of human rights abuses. The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) guides companies on undertaking these risk assessments – but do not explicitly highlight gender concerns. One of the most prevalent forms of human rights abuses by public and private security forces is sexual harassment or violence perpetrated against women.