On the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO), we celebrate a historic milestone: for the first time, there is a legally-binding convention supplemented by a recommendation that establishes global standards to end gender-based violence (GBV) and harassment in the world of work. This concludes a multi-year process of discussion and negotiation with Member States, employers and worker representatives, and recognizes that GBV in the world of work is a human rights violation. The final vote occurred at the end of the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva on June 21, 2019.

The progress in moving from widespread awareness of GBV in the world of work, to specific standards providing accountability to end it, is the direct result of pressure and support from women’s rights and labor rights advocates around the world, including the 16 Days community who embraced our global call to action #ILOendGBV. This Convention will positively impact billions of women around the world, and provide a strong foundation for continued progress in our effort to secure equality, regardless of identity.

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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. The core 16 Days campaign takes place every year between November 25 and December 10 and is run by more than 6,000 organizations in 187 countries. The 16 Days community organizes year-round, currently focused on ratification and implementation of the new ILO Convention and Recommendations to end GBV in the world of work.

Learn more about 16 Days here.

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Agricultural Worker Sector Focus

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Women in Politics Sector Focus

All over the world, women remain significantly underrepresented in decision-making positions and political roles. A variety of factors connected to patriarchal societal structures contribute to women’s political underrepresentation and deter their participation, including gender-based harassment and violence and a tradition

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

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