We are so excited to kick off this year’s Global 16 Days Campaign, the longest running campaign to end violence against women. In 2018, CWGL adopted a multi-year theme focused on ending gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work in order to build support for a new international instrument. In June 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the Violence and Harassment Convention C190 and the campaign shifted its focus to ratification. Before the first anniversary of its adoption on June 21, 2020, Uruguay and Fiji became the first two countries to ratify the convention which will come into force in June 2021. Today, Argentina is on its way to being the third.
In 2020, the campaign continues to call for the ratification of C190, but with a dedicated focus on informal women workers whose lives and livelihoods have been acutely impacted by COVID-19 and the unprecedented economic crisis that has followed.