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Labour unions lead fresh onslaught against gender–based violence in workplace

By Collins Olayinka, Abuja
07 December 2021   |   4:05 am
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Solidarity Centre and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) are taking multidimensional approaches to reduce gender-based violence by ensuring countries ratify the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work.

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Solidarity Centre and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) are taking multidimensional approaches to reduce gender-based violence by ensuring countries ratify the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work. 
     
On November 25, workers across the world rose in unison to end gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work.
   
They also decided to sustain the action for 16 days from the 25th November – 10th December, calling for the further ratification of ILO Convention 190. 
  


Nine governments have ratified C190, with over 20 governments in the process of doing so.
     
Commenting on the significance of the campaign, the ITUC General Secretary, Sharan Burrow said: “While the world has continued to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, women have endured a surge in domestic violence and gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work.
       
“Even before the pandemic, gender-based violence affected one in three women in their lifetime, with devastating impacts on women’s health, safety and economic independence.
     
“This underpins the urgency for governments across the world to #RatifyC190 and to pursue its effective implementation to end gender-based violence and harassment for millions of women workers.”
       
ILO Convention 190 and Recommendation 206 recognise that women workers, in all their diversity, including racialised and migrant workers, young workers, workers living with disabilities are more exposed to violence and harassment as well as to the impacts of domestic violence at work.
       
The ITUC called on all governments to follow the nine countries that have ratified C190.
       
The ITUC, the global union federations and their affiliates, and civil society organisations are running campaigns in over 60 countries across the world aimed at the wide ratification of C190 and its effective implementation.
     
Speaking at the launch of participatory research on Gender-Based Violence and Harassment (GBVH) in the World of Work in Nigeria by the Solidarity Centre in conjunction with the Women Commission of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Chairperson of the women commission, Salamatu Aliyu, who lauded the Solidarity Centre for the research, said the research report provides the specific workers’ data on GBVH which had been a major challenge in the struggle for the ratification of C190.