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Ending violence and harassment at work

Ending violence and harassment at work

CARE International applauds governments, employers and workers for agreeing a new International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work.

This convention means that we now have an international legal standard to specifically protect women at work from harassment and abuse.

The agreement made on 21 June 2019 at the International Labour Conference, the annual gathering of the ILO’s 187 member states, is the first-ever global treaty on violence and harassment in the workplace and follows years of campaigning by trade unions, civil society and women’s organisations, including CARE.

CARE will now be engaging with governments, workers and business at national level to push for the fastest ratification possible. When ILO member states ratify a Convention, they commit themselves to applying the Convention in national law and practice and reporting its application at regular intervals.

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How one factory initiative to keep women safe inspired industry-wide standards
For many years, efforts to promote gender equality in factories—including those specifically focused on preventing gender-based violence and harassment—have largely taken the form of CSR-style projects centered on training within…
Ratifying Convention 190 – how countries are encouraging action on workplace violence
Violence and harassment in the world of work is not just a labour issue but a societal issue, particularly given the ‘shadow pandemic’ of gender-based violence resulting from the COVID-19…
ILO Violence and Harassment Convention: Taking stock of progress in the Asia-Pacific region
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Solving the Shadow Pandemic: 5 actions needed now to end gender-based violence
Violence against women and girls or gender-based violence (GBV), whether it takes place in the home, in the workplace, in public spaces, schools or communities is one of the most…

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Made by Women: Impact report 2020
The Made by Women strategy seeks to ensure women in the garment industry have access to decent jobs, are free from violence and harassment and can give voice to their…
CARE and the Latin America Domestic Workers’ Movement
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…
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…

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Victory! A new global law to end violence and harassment in the world of work has been agreed.

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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