Gender-Based Violence at Work

Gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent and tolerated human rights violations in the world—including at the workplace. Gender-based violence affects all workers, but unequal status and power relations in society and at work often result in women being far more exposed to violence and harassment.

Gender-based violence at work occurs across spaces related to work, such as factories, offices, hospitals, restaurants, schools, streets and farms and in the home. But few country’s laws cover gender-based violence at work, and even those that address it in some way often are not sufficient or are not enforced. (Video below in English and also available in Spanish.)

Join the Campaign to End Gender-Based Violence at Work!

Right now, we have a rare opportunity to help end gender-based violence at work around the world.

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.

You can join the campaign for passage of a gender-based violence at work convention. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) offers information and tools so that you, your unions and organizations can make a difference.

There can be no decent work with violence at work. Take action now.