Starting from 14th of February a global campaign against gender-based violence has been launched.
The campaign run by the International Confederation of Trade Unions says “Stop Gender Based Violence at work! Support an ILO Convention! “.
Trade unions urge the International Labor Organization to adopt a new international convention for the prevention of gender-based violence at the workplace.
Gender-based violence at work or on the way to and from work can occur in many forms, including:
- Physical abuse, including assault, battery, attempted murder and murder
- Sexual violence, including rape and sexual assault
- Verbal abuse
- Psychological abuse and intimidation
- Sexual harassment
- Threats of violence
- Economic and financial abuse
Gender violence is a manifestation of unequal power relations between women and men and serve to perpetuate these inequalities. No matter where violence occurs, gender based violence has the potential to affect the workplace. A woman who is a victim of violence from her intimate partner is in danger of being persecuted by the perpetrator and her workplace, creating concerns about her safety and the workplace.
Studies show that gender-based violence has a serious negative impact on women’s labor force participation and productivity.
- 35% of women in the world have experienced physical and / or sexual violence
- Between 40 and 50% of women experienced unwanted physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work
Also we support this campaign and we say STOP to violence against women at work.
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