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Gender and Governance of Global Value Chains: promoting rights of women workers

Barrientos, Stephanie; Bianchi, Lara; Berman, Cindy


Stephanie Barrientos

Cindy Berman


Private governance channelled through social compliance programmes and gender initiatives of multinational companies (MNC) are ineffective in tackling gender discrimination in global value chains. The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) provide a public-private governance framework to address human rights globally, including gender equality. This paper asks whether the UNGP can provide a more effective governance framework for addressing women workers' rights in global value chains. It argues interlayered forms of governance (involving public, private and social actors) are critical to addressing gender discrimination and advancing a gendered approach to human rights due diligence.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2019-12
Print ISSN 0020-7780
Electronic ISSN 1564-913X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 158
Issue 4
Pages 729-752
APA6 Citation Barrientos, S., Bianchi, L., & Berman, C. (2019). Gender and Governance of Global Value Chains: promoting rights of women workers. International Labour Review, 158(4), 729-752.
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: BARRIENTOS, S., BIANCHI, L. and BERMAN, C. (2019), Gender and governance of global value chains: Promoting the rights of women workers. International Labour Review, 158: 729-752. doi:10.1111/ilr.12150, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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