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Ending violence and harassment at work

Ending violence and harassment at work

Violence and harassment in the workplace is a global issue. It needs a global response. More than one-third of the world's countries do not have any laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work and there is no international legal standard to specifically protect women at work from harassment and abuse. 

On 28 May the International Labour Conference will meet in Geneva to decide if there is enough support for a new Convention on “ending violence and harassment in the world of work”. The International Labour Organisation is the tripartite (government, employers, workers’ representatives) arm of the UN which focuses on working conditions and work-related social protection. Its Conventions form a “fundamental law” of working conditions.

CARE views this Convention as a great opportunity to move from #MeToo to #TimesUp and a chance to ensure that the most exploited and vulnerable workers are better protected.

Strong UK leadership and further international support is required if the Convention is to be a robust one. CARE is calling for a Convention (with associated Recommendation) that defines “Workers” and “Workplaces” comprehensively and ensures that companies will adhere to the standards throughout their value chains.

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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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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…
Counting the cost: The price society pays for violence against women
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.
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…
Made by Women: Dignified Work in Asia Impact Report 2017
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…

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UK Parlimantary debate 16th May 2018, with Maria Miller MP - 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