ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment - CARE

ILO Convention

ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment

CARE aims to ensure that women are safe, respected and valued in the world of work. Workplace violence and harassment is widespread around the world; no country and no industry is immune. People of all genders suffer, with those that lack power at work being most at risk. Poor and marginalized women are often engaged in precarious jobs where they are particularly exposed to abuse and exploitation with little access to protection, and where they depend on their pay to survive and support their families. Worldwide, as many as one in three women experience violence and harassment at work; in those sectors that employ predominantly women, rates of violence and harassment are even higher.

We supported adoption of the ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment, a global law focused specifically on preventing violence and harassment in the world of work which was formally adopted at the International Labour Conference in June 2019.

Once included in national laws, these new standards will enable millions of women around the world to better speak out about abuse, encourage employers to take action and hold perpetrators to account.

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Our influence

We build alliances and support campaigns alongside our civil society and trade union allies in countries across the globe. In a number of countries across the world, we have evidence that our efforts have influenced support for the Convention among worker, government and employer representatives.

Learn more about CARE’s engagement with the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention in Asia in the Made by Women Impact Report 2019.

See the impact of CARE’s engagement with workers, employers and government representatives in Pakistan.


Ongoing advocacy

Global legislation was the first step. Now we’re continuing to work at national level to encourage ratification and promote alignment with the Convention within national laws.


Preventing Violence and Harassment at Work - Full Report

An exploration of the prevalence and productivity cost of sexual harassment Cambodian garment industry.

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What Works? Reducing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

A rapid review of evidence and recommendations intended to provide principles to guide responses and prevention.

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