Tackling gender-based violence in the world of work – experiences in the health sector

25 November 2016
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At its May 2016 meeting, PSI’s World Women’s Committee (WOC) agreed that a high priority area of work is workplace violence in the health sector. The WOC also agreed that the experiences of affiliates in raising awareness and developing campaigns and actions to eliminate workplace violence will contribute to the discussions and preparation for developing an ILO standard (convention and recommendations) on violence against women and men at work. The case studies were prepared in August 2016 as part of PSI’s contribution to the ILO tripartite experts meeting held during the period October 3-6 in Geneva.

The case studies sought to:

  • Highlight and document the various forms and elements of violence against women and men at work;
  • Give examples of the negotiated collective agreements on violence against women and men workers;
  • Highlight the successes as well as obstacles faced and the lessons learnt;
  • Showcase ways in which health sector unions have used social dialogue to lead to policy decisions aimed at eliminating workplace violence;
  • Demonstrate the impact of PSI affiliate activities and campaigns that raise awareness and build advocacy for the elimination of violence against workplace violence;
  • Analyse work-related violence and trade union action;
  • Identify policy recommendations.


The work included a combination of interviews and workshop discussions as follows:

  1. Solidarité Syndicale des Infirmiers du Congo (SOLSICO) – Democratic Republic of Congo: July 27 – 28, 2016
  2. The Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW) – Philippines: August 7, 2016
  3. Asociación Sindical de Profesionales de Salud de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (CICOP) – Argentina: August 18, 2016

The ILO contracted Jane Pillinger to collate, review and analyse the information provided by Global Union Federations (GUFs) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to show good practices and to support the trade union position that there must be a systematic approach to prevention and elimination of violence at work. These case studies, together with those from other GUFs and the ITUC will also assist trade unions in building a strong position at the International Labour Conference for the standard-setting item on violence against women and men in the world of work.

Tackling Violence in the Health Sector
Trade union preparedness and actions to tackle violence against women and men in the world of work



Workshop on violence at the workplace - Argentina. (Spanish subtitled English)



Interviews of activists in the health sector, SOLSICO, Democratic Republic of Congo (French subtitled English)



For more information:

See the case studies on violence at work:

International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (#VAW):


Also see