Browse by Theme: ILO Convention

Saturday 7 October is World Day for Decent Work, an annual event sponsored by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to bring global attention to issues faced by workers. This year, the ITUC’s focus is on Corporate Greed, but CARE is maintaining its focus on tackling violence and harassment in the workplace. While we agree with the ITUC’s demand for decent wages this World Day for Decent Work, we believe that pushing for greater regulation of workplace violence is a key enabler for women to achieve all the elements of the Decent Work agenda, such as on wages.

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CARE International’s response to the International Labour Organisation Questionnaire sets out why CARE views a possible new Convention 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.

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There is currently a great opportunity for everyone who is interested in women’s economic empowerment to push forward a key initiative to tackle the gender-based violence which plays a key role in the workplace in continuing oppressive working conditions, in diminishing women’s voices, and in breaching women’s rights. Achieving an ILO Convention on ending violence and harassment in the workplace will support the empowerment of millions of women.

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The suggested ILO Convention on ending violence and harassment at work, while positive, still has some way to go on some key issues, including the role of women in developing and implementing the Convention, who are identified as workers, what is a place of work, and the responsibilities of multinational companies.

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Largely through the efforts of the Trade Union movement, the ILO is now in a process of 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 (GBV) which faces the women workers around the world whom we try to support on issues of Dignified Work.

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The domestic workers’ movement in Latin America has a long history of organizing dating back to the first decade of the 20th century. Thus, when CARE started engaging with domestic worker organizations as part of what would become the Dignified Work program (Trabajo Digno), it was entering a complex web of historical relationships, agendas, and existing organizations.

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This report presents the findings of a large-scale, nationally representative survey of sexual harassment in the Cambodian garment industry.

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