Browse by Theme: Dignified Work

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has recently published its ‘Yellow Report’ on the input from states, employers, unions and civil society to the proposed new Convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work. The Yellow Report’s wide-ranging provisions are welcome – but there are key areas that still need to be addressed in the lead up to, and during, the 2018 International Labour Conference (ILC) in May/June in Geneva.

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This report estimates that violence against women costs society upwards of 2% of global GDP, and states that the problem is serious in low, middle and high income countries alike.

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#MeToo began with the bravery of individual women not willing to be silenced about their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse. Their voices have become a global movement exposing the systemic nature of sexism and male entitlement in all industries and countries. And, with #AidToo, #LabourToo and #MosqueMeToo, the movement has shown that no section of work or society is immune.

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CARE International’s position on the new ILO Convention

This policy brief sets out CARE International’s top line positions and comments on the suggested new International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention and Recommendation on ‘Ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work’.

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As we launch into 2018 it is worth reflecting that 2017 has not only seen some political upheavals in the UK and the US but also some fundamental social shifts. Whilst the revelations of sexual harassment and abuse of power from Hollywood to almost every workplace were not a surprise to some, they certainly got people talking about what is acceptable and gave people the confidence to come forward and share their #metoo experiences. So 2018 has to be the year we reinforce this cultural shift and secure some concrete changes in policy and practice when it comes to achieving gender justice at home and abroad.

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CARE is pursuing an ambitious new strategy on Dignified Work in Asia, called Made By Women. This report pulls together facts and figures on women’s role in the garment industry in Asia; outlines the injustices that women currently face, and the challenges to achieving Dignified Work; and sets out CARE’s strategy, the outcomes we want to see, and our achievements so far.

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The Harvey Weinstein case has caused an enormous outburst of anger and concern on the issue of sexual harassment, particularly in the world of work. While piecemeal suggestions have emerged as to how to improve the protection of women (and men), little public attention has yet been paid on a major global initiative to address this very problem – the potential ILO Convention on Ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work.

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