ILO Convention

 

ILO Convention to End Violence Against Women and Men at Work

All women should be able to earn an income for their family without fear of violence.

CARE’s Made by Women Strategy aims to ensure all women working in the garment industry in Asia are safe, respected and valued at work. This cannot be achieved if they are at risk of sexual harassment and abuse—something which is all too common in workplaces around the globe. As many as 1 in 3 women employed in garment factories in Asia-Pacific countries report they have experienced harassment at work.* This has huge social and economic consequences; an ILO study estimates losses from stress and violence in the workplace at 1-3.5% of GDP.**

A Convention on gender-based violence in the workplace is being considered by the ILO and this would set clear global standards for preventing abuse at work. It would outline clear responsibilities for public and private employers, workers and their respective organizations, and governments. For an industry where 75% of workers globally are women, we believe that the proposed ILO Convention would encourage an industry-wide focus on women’s right to work with dignity and respect, significantly impacting the millions of women employed in the garment supply chain in Asia.

So what does CARE hope for from this Convention? We want the rights of workers at all levels of the supply chain to be recognized, so that homeworkers are valued and protected equally alongside those employed in top tier factories. We want employers to take proactive steps to prevent and respond to violence, harassment and abuse. We want women to play a role at all stages of the ILO’s consultation process to ensure those who are most affected by violence and harassment are consulted in developing solutions.
Learn more about CARE’s views on the Convention on CARE Insights

An agreement was reached at the International Labour Conference (ILC) in 2018 to establish a new, legally binding convention to ensure that abuse and harassment isn't part of anyone's job description, anywhere in the world. This is a big step forward and CARE continues to engage in the process to ensure it marks a significant milestone on the path towards gender equality. 

 

How has CARE engaged so far? 

  • CARE offices across the Asia region engaged with their governments to raise awareness of the importance of a convention preventing violence and harassment in the world of work. 
  • CARE's Made by Women Strategy supported women from trade union confederations in Asia to attend the International Labour Conference in 2018 to ensure their voices were heard. CARE also worked with our partner HomeNet South Asia to amplify the voices of homeworkers.
    Read the experiences of homeworkers in India
  • CARE International's Head of Global Advocacy attended the International Labour Conference in 2018 to push for CARE's policy asks.

 

What's next?  

CARE continues to engage with the ILO process to ensure strong wording within the new Convention.

Learn more about CARE's plans on CARE Insights

 

* 'Counting the cost of violence’, p. 19; ‘I know I cannot quit.’ The Prevalence and Productivity Cost of Sexual Harassment to the Cambodian Garment Industry

** 'Counting the cost of violence’, p.17

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