International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

last updated 24 April 2007

 

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) entered into force in 1976 and provides such basic guarantees as the right to an adequate standard of living (including food, clothing and housing), the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, the right to education and the equal opportunity to earn a living by work. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was established by ECOSOC Resolution 1985/17 and monitors compliance with the Covenant. States Parties to the ICESCR are obliged to submit reports to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights "on the measures which they have adopted and the progress made in achieving the observance of the rights recognized herein" (Art. 16(1)). Together, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights create a framework for a woman's full enjoyment of her rights.

As of 19 April 2007, there are 156 States Parties to the ICESCR.