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Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessments

Equality Impact Assessment and Human Rights Impact Assessment are widely recognised tools for measuring human rights impacts in a great variety of fields – from development projects to activities of multinational companies, from trade agreements to activities of public authorities. But there is still relatively little consensus on how such assessments should be conducted, nor is there a great deal of critical engagement with existing practice.

The Centre has conducted its own equality and human rights impact assessments. It has also assisted UN actors, civil society organisations, government officials and other bodies in better understanding a range of methodological issues in undertaking human rights and equality impact assessments.

[The Government] need to undertake some proper, independent research on the impact of the cuts and their reforms on women. They should use the work that has been done by women’s organisations in Coventry with the University of Warwick.” Statement by Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, in the House of Commons on 8 June 2011


circle bullet Assessing the equality and human rights impact of spending cuts on the rights of women in Coventry

circle_bullet.jpg Resources for Undertaking equality and human rights impact assessments in relation to the public spending cuts

circle_bullet.jpg Scottish Human Rights Commission project piloting a new form of integrated equality and human rights impact assessment

circle_bullet.jpg Human rights impact assessments of international trade agreements

circle_bullet.jpg Other equality and human rights impact assessment work


Human Rights Impact Resource Centre - A comprehensive database of human rights impact assessments and information about a range of events and programmes.

Business Human Rights Resource Centre on Impact Assessment - Information and news about human rights impact assessment in the business world.

Guide to Corporate Human Rights Assessment Tools - Produced by Aim for Human Rights, this booklet compares the main business HRIA tools available.

Health Rights of Women Assessment Instrument - Information about this instrument and case studies where it has been utilised.


For more information about this project or any of these activities please contact James Harrison: J dot Harrison dot 3 at warwick dot ac dot uk