In 2018, the 16 Days campaign joined the global call for an ILO convention to end violence and harassment in the world of work, launching the #ILOendGBV hashtag and raising awareness of the importance of the convention. As part of our effort to build on the momentum of the campaign, moving from16 to 365,” we will continue our advocacy for the ILO convention throughout the year, focusing first on the adoption of binding standards to end gender-based violence in the world of work at the ILC in June 2019, and then mobilizing to demand ratification of the convention in countries globally.

To support this effort, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership has launched a Sector Focus Initiative to highlight the violence and discrimination faced by women in various labor sectors through a select curation of reports, multimedia, and news items in order to build an evidence-based case for the need for a strong ILO convention on violence and harassment in the world of work. This is particularly important as the draft convention continues to fall short on key issues, including a broad definition of “worker” and including domestic violence as a world of work issue.

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About 16 Days

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and used by activists around the world as an organizing strategy to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence. It takes place every year between November 25 and December 10 and is run by over 6,000 organizations in 187 countries.

To read more about the campaign, click here.

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CWGL Initiatives

Journalist Sector Focus

Journalists and media workers have long been at risk for violence in the course of their work. The past few years have seen an uptick in the number of journalists and media workers who were killed, tortured, arrested or detained

Garment Worker Sector Focus

There are currently 60–70 million garment workers worldwide; 75% are women. The vast majority are engaged in informal employment, which the ILO has defined as “all remunerative work (i.e. both self-employment and wage employment) that is not registered, regulated or


On May Day: We Stand for Dignity at Work

This May Day — Labour Day for so many — the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) stands in solidarity with everyone who experiences violence and harassment in the world of work, everyone who is fighting to end it, and

Dignity and Equality for Women Every Day

For nearly 30 years the Center for Women’s Global Leadership has honored women, and all who support them, on International Women’s Day. We have seen some real progress in that time, and we continue to see real need. Women work