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By Gender at Work Media / October 21, 2014 / Loading Disqus...

Gender-based violence at work is a pernicious and global human and labor rights violation. It is a manifestation of unequal power and serves to perpetuate social and economic inequality. 35% of women have experienced violence, and 40-50% of women experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.

This global problem demands a global response.

Support the ILO convention to advocate action for women workers' rights and an end to gender-based violence at work!

WHAT IS GBV?

  • Physical abuse, including assault, battery, attempted murder and murder
  • Sexual violence including rape and sexual assault
  • Verbal abuse and threats of violence
  • Bullying
  • Psychological abuse and intimidation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Threats of violence
  • Economic and financial abuse
  • Stalking
 

Trade unions are calling for a new international Convention on gender-based violence at the workplace, and are using their voice at the International Labour Organization’s Governing Body (ILO GB) to put the topic on the agenda of the International Labour Conference (ILC). The ILC is where international labour standards get negotiated and agreed upon by employers, governments and workers. A proposal is currently pending before the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to develop an international standard to guide governments and businesses on developing strong laws and policies to prevent and remedy the problem. Developing an international standard will promote global equality and foster safer workplaces.

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