GENEVA, Switzerland – Highlighting the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, ILO director-general Gilbert F. Houngbo urged all countries to ratify and implement the ILO Convention 190 to put an end to violence and harassment in the world of work.
Violence and harassment at work damages lives and livelihoods. Whether in the workplace, in public spaces, or at home, it is the most widespread human rights violation or abuse around the world.
Violence and harassment at work has serious social and economic costs for individuals and families, and across societies, including costs on public services, lost income, and productivity.
Three years ago, the ILO adopted the first-ever international treaty on violence and harassment in the world of work – the Convention 190 and its accompanying Recommendation 206.
ILO Convention 190 recognizes the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.
C190 also acknowledges that women, as well as other persons belonging to vulnerable groups are at greater risk and calls for the adoption of an inclusive, integrated and gender-responsive approach to prevent and end all forms of violence and harassment at work.
To make that right a reality and leave no one behind, we need all countries to ratify and implement C190!
Universal ratification will help ensure a life of dignity and respect for all and will contribute to our goal of advancing decent work and promoting social justice for all.
On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and every day, I urge all countries to ratify and implement C190.