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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.”

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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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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

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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