At the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, governments recognized that human rights are the primary responsibility of governments. Given this, human rights principles could be used to assess the ways in which economic policies are moving towards the full realization of economic and social rights. However, how does one measure a government's performance on economic and social rights? This brief provides an introduction to conducting an economic and social rights audit on economic policy.
This brief was published in December 2012 by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in NEXUS, a periodic brief covering issues of global relevance to gender equality and the realization of human rights for all.