Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence
Wednesday 25 November is the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. Over the next 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November – 10 December), you can support the ITF campaign to end violence against women. Please download the graphics and send us your photos with them, which we will feature on our website and social media channels.
As a global union federation representing transport workers, the ITF knows all too well that women face violence, discrimination, and harassment at work as well at home. Violence against women and girls is a problem for everyone – including employers.
Covid-19's disproportionate impact on women
Unfortunately, Covid-19 has exacerbated violence and harassment against women. According to the UN, violence against women has surged by over 25% during the pandemic in countries where reporting systems exist. It will likely continue to rise as Covid-19 causes further unemployment, recession, and insecurity. A loss of income will make it harder for women to escape abusive situations. Meanwhile, in more isolated work environments, women may find themselves at an increased risk of violence.
Growing recognition of C190
Despite these challenges, we have seen growing momentum in the campaign to end violence and harassment in the workplace. In November, Argentina announced it would take steps to ratify the Convention Concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in The World of Work, also known as C190. This ILO instrument is the first international convention to eradicate violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment, along with Recommendation R206.
C190 defines violence and harassment and clarifies that ‘the world of work’ extends beyond the workplace. The language includes incidents in the course of, linked with, or arising out of work – including places where the worker uses sanitation facilities, and when commuting to and from work.
The language also addresses third-party violence and recognises the effects of domestic violence and the need to mitigate the impact of domestic violence in the world of work. ITF affiliates and women activists were instrumental in building support for the convention.
This 25 November, take a stand and share your messages of solidarity against gender-based violence.
To see ITF’s resources on violence against women, visit here.
Click the images below to visit the Facebook album for the 16 Days of Activism.