A Time for Change: Advancing Legal Protections on Gender-Based Violence at Work

This policy brief by the International Labor Rights Forum makes the case for why the ILO should adopt a Convention to end gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work. It also showcases how a new binding international standard would provide new strategies and tools to overcome the challenges that women and other marginalized people face in accessing the right to work free from gender-based violence.

The paper first seeks to build awareness about the scope of the problem and how gender-based violence prevents affected individuals from realizing their rights at work. It then considers the gaps in responsibility created by corporate policies or government laws that do not adequately address the problem. Third, it analyzes the legal gaps in international norms that do not fully define standards for protecting victims and preventing violence in the world of work. Finally, the paper outlines recommendations for governments, employers and unions, and shows how a new ILO Convention could define the standards and drive reforms to help overcome existing gaps in awareness, responsibility, and legal protections needed to prevent and remediate gender-based violence in the world of work.

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