The GI-ESCR participated in a two day consultation on Women and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which was coordinated by the Human Rights Economic and Social Issues Section (HRESIS) in collaboration with the Women’s Rights and Gender Section (WRGS) of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  The aim of the consultation was to: 1) identify the key economic and social challenges facing women today; and to 2) map the substantive issues where there is a need for conceptual clarity, better coherence or practical guidance and develop a strategy to advance such issues at the international level and identify opportunities for collaboration.   The consultation gathered some 30 participants from leading NGO and academic experts on the subject, experts from the Treaty Bodies, the recently established Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice and representatives of the UN Special Procedures.  The GI-ESCR specifically presented on the issue of women and poverty, highlighting the need adopt a gender-sensitive approach to policy development and legal reform in the area of ESC rights.