Sector Focus Initiative

In 2018, the 16 Days campaign joined the global call for an ILO convention to end violence and harassment in the world of work, launching the #ILOendGBV hashtag and raising awareness of the importance of the convention. As part of our effort to build on the momentum of the campaign, moving from16 to 365,” we will continue our advocacy for the ILO convention throughout the year, focusing first on the adoption of binding standards to end gender-based violence in the world of work at the ILC in June 2019, and then mobilizing to demand ratification of the convention in countries globally.

To support this effort, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership has launched a Sector Focus Initiative to highlight the violence and discrimination faced by women in various labor sectors through a select curation of reports, multimedia, and news items in order to build an evidence-based case for the need for a strong ILO convention on violence and harassment in the world of work. This is particularly important as the draft convention continues to fall short on key issues, including a broad definition of “worker” and including domestic violence as a world of work issue.

The Sector Focus Initiative presents applicable international standards as well as recommendations and reports by UN treaty monitoring bodies and special rapporteurs. Wee hope this will serve as a toolbox for activists and organizations seeking to incorporate international norms and standards in their advocacy for the rights of women workers.

The Sector Focus Initiative also highlights women worker’s stories to give a human face to gender-based violence in the world of work, and features contributions from experts in the field.

Over the coming months, we will release a Sector Focus on:

  • domestic workers — available now
  • garment workers — available now
  • journalists — to be released in April
  • agricultural workers — to be released in May
  • women in politics — to be released in June

As a special intervention for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women, we highlighted the theme of social protection, access to public services, and investments in infrastructure.

The Sector Focus is a work in progress; it will continue to expand to make it the most useful resource possible. If you have any suggestions for one of the Focus areas, please use this form to submit and we will follow up.

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