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Ending violence and harassment at work

Ending violence and harassment at work

CARE welcomes the decision at the International Labour Conference to set up a new ILO Convention on “Ending violence and harassment in the world of work”.

During nearly two weeks of negotiations, governments, business and unions finally agreed on the need for a legally binding convention, meaning that in the future countries will have to adopt national legislation to tackle workplace violence and harassment.

CARE and partners are proud to have played a part in campaigning for this new treaty. Glen Tarman, Global Head of Policy and Advocacy at CARE International, said:

“Now we have a year to make sure that the strongest possible treaty and guidance is agreed – and to ensure that the largest number of countries agrees to ratify and make it a reality.”

Business support is critical to ending gender-based violence at work - Senior Economic Advisor, Hester Le Roux, reflects on the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, and asks what businesses can do to support global efforts to eradicate sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the workplace. Three things she suggests are: reiterating commitment; advocating with national governments for decisive action in support of the new ILO convention; and doing a thorough evaluation of their own policies and practices.

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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.

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International Women's Day: Avon, Diageo, M&S and Unilever join CARE in calling for a strong and inclusive ILO Convention
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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
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Ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work
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…

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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