The Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) described by the ILO as “the first international treaty on violence and harassment in the world of work” came into force on June 25, 2021. To date, seven countries have ratified the Convention, including Mauritius, Argentina, Ecuador, Fiji, Namibia, Somalia, and Uruguay. “We at the Global 16 Days Campaign applaud the commitment of the seven countries that have ratified C190, especially amidst challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The groundwork for this has been laid over the years by grassroots and online advocacy efforts led by women’s rights organizations, civil society organizations, and labor rights movements across the world. We hope that other countries will take cue from this and ratify the Convention soon,” said Melissa Upreti, Senior Director, Program and Global Advocacy at CWGL.

C190’s broad definition of the “world of work,” includes both “private” and “public” spaces. C190 applies to workers “irrespective of their contract status.” It includes within its ambit both formal and informal sectors. Read more.

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The Global 16 Days Campaign, launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at its first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, has been used worldwide to call for the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV). It is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). In 2018, a multi-year theme focusing on ending GBV and harassment in the world of work was announced by CWGL to coincide with the adoption of a historic new ILO Convention with the same focus.

In 2020, the Campaign increased its efforts to amplify the voices of women workers in the informal economy while continuing to call for the ratification of ILO Convention 190 and to end all forms of GBV in private and public spaces.

The theme for 2021 will be announced soon. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign, so it will be special. Stay tuned!

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