2020 Global 16 Days Campaign Advocacy Guide



The 2020 Global 16 Days Campaign Advocacy Guide aims to increase the visibility of informal women workers by highlighting their concerns and recommending activities in an Action Menu which can be undertaken during the 2020 Global 16 Days Campaign from November 25 – December 10, 2020 as well as throughout the year. This year 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. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), more than 60% of the world’s employed earn their living in the informal economy and 92% of women in employment in developing countries are informally employed. They face precarious workplace conditions and are typically excluded from national labor laws and denied social protection.

While ensuring the dignity, safety, well-being, and human rights of women workers will require the concerted efforts of many, including co-workers, family members, employers, unions, and other institutions, the activities recommended in the Advocacy Guide and Action Menu mainly target governments and policy-makers at the national and local levels.

This Guide expands on the 2019 Guide which provided an introduction to the ILO’s landmark Violence and Harassment Convention (C190). It accounts for progress made in relation to last year’s campaign goal of securing the ratification of C190 and highlights new challenges brought about by COVID-19. Drawing on the preamble of C190, the 2020 Guide shows how the legal framework of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) can be used with C190 to promote the dignity, security, and basic human rights of women workers.

The 2020 Guide highlights the concerns of informal women workers in six different sectors which illustrate the precarious situation of millions of women in the world of work. It is by no means exhaustive and there are women working in similarly precarious circumstances in many other sectors. However, this Guide can be used to support calls for stronger legal and social protections and policy measures for those workers who face similar challenges.

The Guide is accompanied by a Social Media Toolkit and a robust Resource which contains more detailed information about issues, legal frameworks, the work of human rights mechanisms, and good practices. These should be used together to develop strategies and undertake activities all year round, from 16 to 365 days.

The scope of issues discussed in in these advocacy resources represent the tip of the iceberg in terms of the challenges faced by informal women workers across various sectors and the international norms and standards that can be used to address them. These resources mark a continuation of our effort, from a feminist human rights perspective, to bridge the activism led by labor rights and women’s rights movements, and other concerned organizations to transform the world of work and make it better for women and those who are most vulnerable.

For more information please contact:

Ardra Manasi, Campaign Manager
E-mail: 16days@cwgl.rutgers.edu
Twitter and Facebook: @16DaysCampaign
Hashtags: #16DaysCampaign, #NoMoreMissingRights and #RatifyILO190