Whilst both women and men experience violence and harassment in the world of work, unequal status and power relations in society and at work often result in women being far more exposed to violence and harassment. Violence against women creates inequality, affecting the well-being of current and future generations. Violence and the threat of it deprives women of their basic human rights.
There is currently no internationally agreed law that deals with the many different forms of gender-based violence in the workplace!
An ILO Convention and Recommendation would send a strong message that violence is NOT part of the job. It would help to give workers a voice to stand up against gender-based violence, and negotiate collective agreements that address GBV.
Ending violence against women is a top-priority for PSI. Trade union leaders, specifically male participants, at PSI's Congress in November, pledged to end violence against women including actively supporting campaigns against gender violence and to bring about gender equality in the home, workplace, community, economy and all institutions including the union. It is not too late to sign the pledge!
PSI fully supports the ITUC campaign for this new international labour standard and invites all affiliated unions to join the campaign. Your mobilising, organising and lobbying is critical to build and ensure governments’ support for an ILO Convention and a Recommendation at the ILO Conference in June 2018.
The call to action starts on 14 February, known as “V-Day” (a global activist movement, led by “One Billion Rising’’, to end violence against women and girls), and runs until 8 March, International Women’s Day. Join the One Billion rising on 14 February in Solidarity to End the Exploitation of Women. Check out the list of events that are scheduled in your country: http://www.onebillionrising.org/events - Twitter hashtags related to V-Day are #RiseInsolidarity and #rise4revolution in addition to #VDay and #1BillionRising.
More tools are available on the 23 days of action webpage including infographics, logos and a GBV factsheet.
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