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.

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 March 2018, the ILO released a report that contains the results of a questionnaire sent to governments, employers and worker organizations, and a draft convention and recommendation on the standard to end violence and harassment in the world of work

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.