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Argentina’s decision to ratify C190 is a victory in the struggle against gender inequality

12 Nov 2020

The ITF applauds the Argentine Chamber of Deputies vote in favour of ratifying the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Convention 190 (C190) on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.

Argentina’s vote on Wednesday, which was almost unanimous, will make it the third state to sign C190 once the ratification instrument is deposited with the ILO. Uruguay and Fiji have already ratified, meaning C190 will enter into force on 25 June 2021.

“Argentina’s decision to ratify C190 is vital in the ongoing struggle against gender inequality, eliminating violence and harassment at work, and for women to have  equal access to decent work,” says Jodi Evans, ITF Women Transport Workers and Gender Equality Officer. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the injustice many women workers face around the world. To have more countries recognising the link between gender-based violence, and inequality in the world of work offers hope that we can rebuild safer, more equitable and just societies for women and men.”

“Ending gender-based violence is a key priority for the ITF and we are committed to supporting our affiliates to lobby for ratification and implementation of C190 within their respective countries. We applaud the hard work of our affiliates and in particular women’s activism in Argentina in building support for this important legislation and look forward to more countries following suit.”