On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, now more than ever, we need to boost our campaign for the ratification of ILO Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how violence and harassment are systemic in the world of work, including gender-based violence.
Uruguay and Fiji were the first two countries to ratify C190 and the convention will enter into force on 25 June 2021. On 11 November, the Chamber of Deputies in Argentina, adopted C190 and when the government presents its formal submission to the ILO headquarters, it will be formally recognised as the third country to ratify Convention 190.
Progress towards ratification has been made in Italy whose parliament is constituted of two chambers with the initial decision taken by one but still needing a final decision.
In other countries such as Ecuador the decision process has passed the presidential endorsement and is now in the National Assembly with a favourable vote of the Commission of International Affairs and ready for the final decision to be taken on the Assembly’s Plenary.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how violence and harassment are systemic in the world of work, including gender-based violence. It has demonstrated the linkages between domestic violence and the world of work. The pandemic has shown that teleworking and working from home has increased women’s vulnerability to violence including digital violence and harassment. Feminicides now are also impacting the world of work.
Now is the time to act
Join us in a global Twitter wave on 25th November, for a World of Work free from Violence and Harassment! Starting from Asia Pacific, the Twitter wave will reach Africa and Europe and will finish in the Americas.
What you can do:
Follow @PSIGlobalUnion, retweet PSI’s tweets (in English, Spanish and French), or share your own tweets and materials.
Tweet your national governments, calling their attention to the many reasons for ratifying C190. Remember to add the campaign hashtag #RatifyC190.
Social media : to help you, we have compiled some sample tweets (available in English - French - Spanish).
Campaign stickers: Download our campaign stickers - take pictures of union members holding signs with the sticker - post them on Twitter.
PSI is focusing on key countries:
Asia Pacific: Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and Korea (India, Nepal and Pakistan)
Africa & Arab countries: Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, Senegal and Algeria (Tunisia and Egypt)
Europe: Italy, Germany, France, Sweden and Spain (EU political endorsement).
Interamerica: Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, Barbados, Jamaica Canada, Colombia, and Peru
See our campaign page for all updates, materials and study reports.
For a world of work free from violence and harassment
Trade unions around the world are demanding the ratification of binding international standards to stop violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence and harassment.Click here to see the campaign page
Materials you can use
PSI Campaign page: psishort.link/RatifyC190
PSI’s campaign brochure (available in several languages)
PSI WOC members calling for ratification (photos)
Sticker #RatifyC190 (available in several languages)