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Ending violence and harassment at work

Ending violence and harassment at work

The International Labour Organisation is considering whether to establish a new instrument or instruments on “Ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work”.

CARE views this as a great opportunity to reduce the prevalence of the gender-based violence which faces the women workers around the world whom we try to support on issues of Dignified Work.  

The ILO is the tripartite (government, employers, workers’ representatives) arm of the UN which focuses on working conditions and work-related social protection. Its Conventions form a “fundamental law” of working conditions.

The suggested new Convention would require governments to pursue an integrated approach to address violence and harassment in the world of work, delineating clear responsibilities for public and private employers, workers and their respective organisations, and governments, and for joint strategies and collaboration.


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‘I know I cannot quit’: The prevalence and productivity cost of sexual harassment to the Cambodian garment industry
This report presents the findings of a large-scale, nationally representative survey of sexual harassment in the Cambodian garment industry.
Women, work & war: Syrian women and the struggle to survive five years of conflict
During five years of war, Syrian women have taken on new roles and responsibilities in supporting their families. However, Syrian women both in Syria and in refugee contexts encounter substantial…
Skills gaps and development in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
This report explores barriers to and opportunities for participation in the economy by young Palestinians, especially women, focusing on the skills development necessary for more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable employment…
Women, migration and development: Investing in the future
This short briefing paper outlines the key insights from the international conference on Women, Migration and Development jointly organised by CARE International, EMPHASIS and ODI in July 2014.

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ILO report on Ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work

ILO background paper on Violence against women and men in the world of work

Bangladesh: Oikko (“unity”) – information on a CARE project in Bangladesh which aims to promote fundamental rights for workers in the ready-made-garment industry


Resources and links

International Trade Union Confederation campaign to Stop gender-based violence at work (including campaign toolkit)

Gender-based violence in global supply chains – resource kit from the ILO International Training Centre and the Fair Wear Foundation

ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) overview of Empowering women workers initiatives by the private sector, NGOs, trade unions and the ETI itself