June 21, 2020, marks the first anniversary of the adoption of the ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment (Convention 190) and Recommendation No. 206. The adoption of this monumental convention by governments in 2019 was not only a milestone for the ILO in its centennial year, but it was an important step forward for women workers worldwide, the majority of whom are exposed to precarious conditions of work and denied basic legal and social protection. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Uruguay for being the first country to ratify Convention 190 and to put it in perspective. As expressed by Cotidano Mujer, a feminist collective based in Uruguay, “This Convention recognizes the feminist struggle to make gender violence and abuse of power visible in the framework of patriarchal relations and obliges states and employers to establish prevention mechanismsThe right to a world free from harassment and violence at work involves legislation, but also the mobilization of trade unions to protect those who file a complaint as well as an increased social rejection of violence.”

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About 16 Days

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 will increase 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.

Learn more about the 16 Days Campaign and its areas of work here.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably emphasized and amplified existing inequalities and vulnerabilities for women and girls around the world.  The internet is abuzz with reports of the devastating impact of the pandemic and public health measures that have been