Sexual assault is a well-recognized aspect of gender-based violence at work. But as a new Solidarity Center video makes clear, gender-based violence at work may involve bullying, verbal abuse, stalking, threats and much more. (Find out more about the campaign to Stop Gender-Based Violence at Work!)
The two-minute video highlights the structural foundations of gender-based violence at work, a systemic gendered imbalance between employers and workers that enables employers to get away with unsafe working conditions and other worker abuses. Although gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world, not enough is done to prevent it, especially at the workplace.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) is considering a convention (regulation) that would address violence and harassment at work. Workers and their unions are championing its adoption with a strong focus on the gender dimension of violence.
In August 2018, the ILO released the most recent draft of the proposed convention, “Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.”
The draft builds on high-level discussions in spring 2018 among representatives of workers, government and business, and a questionnaire sent to governments, employers and worker organizations in 2017.
Workers and their unions are championing its adoption with a strong focus on the gender dimension of violence.
The video ends with a call to action to join the campaign for passage of a gender-based violence at work convention, because “Violence is not part of the job for any of us!”