UN Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls 2018
On UN Day 2017, we encouraged and supported all affiliates to join the ITUC coordinated campaign, and lobby governments for a strong new International Standard on violence and harassment at work. We should all feel proud of the strong language achieved in the first round of double discussion at the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2018, which addresses many key concerns for transport workers, in particular women, through:
- A broad definition and scope of the ‘world of work; including commuting and inclusion of public and private spaces where they are a place of work
- Recognition of the disproportionate effect of gender-based violence and harassment on women
- The impact of domestic violence on the world of work, and
- The importance of sanitation facilities.
This important content was only achieved because of the statistics, case studies and workers stories that you all contributed, to strengthen the discussion.
We are progressing toward the strongest form of global instrument; a convention supported by a recommendation, with clear support from governments.
However, this battle is not over; with all the achieved language up for negotiation and amendment again at the second and final discussion at the ILC June 2019.
Employers are actively lobbying governments to weaken the language. Now more than ever, we need trade union national centres and governments the world over to be hearing about the impact of violence in the transport industry, particularly against women workers, if we are to defend what we have secured so far.
Violence is still one of the primary factors preventing women being recruited and retained in the workplace, especially in male-dominated sectors like transport.
Show why transport workers in your union need an ILO Convention!
With the #metoo campaign on the rise, we are increasingly hearing stories of women across the globe fighting the stigma and gathering courage to break the silence. Let’s raise our collective voice in solidarity with the global campaign this UN day using this template! Use #ITFWomen #ILOConvention #metoo #ThisIsOurWorldToo hashtags with your social media stories.
Please send any updates on your work towards an ILO convention, (please refer to the October circular from Stephen Cotton) to email@example.com to support our ongoing strategy to win the strongest outcome for transport workers. We will also share your UN Day campaign activity, photos and videos if you share them with firstname.lastname@example.org between 25 November and 7 December 2018.
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