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Ending violence and harassment at work

Ending violence and harassment at work

June 2019 represents a potential turning point for all women, everywhere, in all spheres of work as the International Labour Conference in Geneva on 10-21 June enters the final negotiations on the first-ever global treaty on ending violence and harassment in the world of work.

CARE has been working to press governments and employers to agree on a strong and inclusive ILO convention and recommendation that covers violence and harassment in all its forms and gives protection to all workers, from the field to the factory, from the office to the home, or wherever they may be vulnerable.

While the current text is strong, some still needs to be agreed, and some parties have expressed reservations or opposition to certain aspects. We need to continue to push for a strong and inclusive convention, not one that is watered down so much that those workers most in need of protection end up not being covered by it. Key issues that need to be addressed include:

  • defining “violence and harassment”
  • the scope of the “world of work”
  • protections for vulnerable groups

CARE is an observer NGO in the negotiations at the International Labour Conference on 10-21 June and will be keeping a keen eye on proceedings.

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Ending sexual harassment in the world of work requires leadership at every level. Here’s what workplaces can do.
At the International Labour Conference (ILC) taking place now (10-21 June 2019), governments, employers and unions are negotiating global legislation on ending violence and harassment in the world of work.…
ILC 2019: Business community speaks up for a strong and inclusive ILO Convention
Today the 108th session of the annual International Labour Conference kicks off in Geneva. As momentum builds for a strong and inclusive ILO Convention to end violence and harassment in…
ILO Convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work: The final push
It sounds basic but exercising one’s right to work freely, unthreatened by any of several forms of harassment and violence, is not so easy for many around the world. Fortunately,…
International Women's Day: Avon, Diageo, M&S and Unilever join CARE in calling for a strong and inclusive ILO Convention
This International Women’s Day, CARE International and our corporate partners Avon, Diageo, M&S and Unilever are commited to calling for a strong and progressive ILO Convention to end violence and…

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Agreeing a strong and inclusive ILO Convention and Recommendation on Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work in June 2019
This policy brief sets out CARE International’s top line positions and comments following the publication of the ILO ‘Blue Report’ (8 March 2019) and ahead of the 2019 International Labour…
Agreeing a progressive ILO Convention and Recommendation on Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work in June 2019
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 in the…
Study to document emblematic cases of gender based violence and harassment against domestic workers in Latin America: Preliminary results
This document outlines the preliminary results of a wider research study on domestic workers entitled 'Equal value, equal rights', which is being implemented in Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
Call for a progressive ILO Convention and Recommendation on ending violence and harassment in the world of work
This policy brief sets out CARE International’s top line positions and comments on the suggested new International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention and Recommendation on ‘Ending violence and harassment in the…

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Business urge for a robust new global law to end violence and harassment at work – blog from Business Fights Poverty

Business support is critical to ending gender-based violence at work – CARE Senior Economic Advisor, Hester Le Roux, asks what businesses can do to support global efforts to eradicate sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the workplace

Read the draft text from the International Labour Conference (June 2018)

This Is Not Working: Stopping sexual harassment in workplaces across our region – advocacy report from CARE Australia drawing together key stats and info on sexual harassment in the workplace, and arguments in support of a new international convention to protect women in the workplace.

ILO 'Brown Report' – Ending violence and harassment in the world of work

UK Parliamentary debate 16th May 2018, with Maria Miller MP referencing CARE’s campaign – UK's role in ending violence and harassment at work worldwide

Time for men to show leadership in eliminating violence against women – great blog from Cindy Berman @cindy0berman @ethicaltrade

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

ILO ‘Yellow Report’ presenting member States’ responses and key conclusions about the scope of a proposed global treaty

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

Commonwealth Women’s Forum 2018 outcome statement

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