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Middle East and North Africa unions campaign for ratification of ILO C190

8 January, 2021An increase in gender-based violence during the Covid-19 crisis has led unions in the region to mobilize at an unprecedented level to demand that governments ratify ILO Convention 190.

South African union campaigns for an end to violence against women

10 December, 2020IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), is campaigning for an end to sexual harassment and violence at the workplace. As part of this campaign the union is providing support to members affected by gender-based violence.

Domestic violence and the role of trade unions explained

10 December, 2020Although domestic violence may originate in the home, it can spill over into the world of work. Domestic violence is also a health and safety issue, representing a risk for the health and safety of the victims/survivors, as well as their co-workers.

South East Asia call to action to promote ratification of C190

27 November, 2020IndustriALL affiliates in South East Asia pledge to negotiate collective agreements and to campaign for the ratification of C190 in every country, take actions against domestic violence, initiate programmes to eliminate violence against women and develop structures for advocating the ratification.

Domestic violence is a trade union issue

25 November, 2020Domestic violence has increased during the pandemic, exacerbated by lockdowns and economic pressure. The new ILO Convention 190 is a key instrument, stressing that “governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations and labour market institutions can help, as part of other measures, to recognize, respond to and address the impacts of domestic violence”.

Argentina’s parliament in favour of ratifying C190

23 November, 2020Argentina is one step closer to becoming the third country in the world after Uruguay and Fiji to adopt ILO Convention 190 on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work, after the Chamber of Deputies approved a bill for ratification.

Mongolian union fights sexual harassment at work

12 November, 2020IndustriALL affiliate MEGM is determined to fight sexual harassment at the workplace, calling on the Mongolian government to revise the country’s labour law to to protect women’s rights.

Workers picket over violence and nepotism in Mongolia

16 October, 2020The first ever picket in Mongolia’s energy sector gathered more than 20 workers at the state-owned Thermal Power Plant 2 SSH Co. (TPP2) on 12 October, with protestors raising their voices over violence against women union leaders and rampant nepotism in the company.

Pakistan women rise against anti-women tendencies in media

30 September, 2020Anti-women and misogynist remarks made against female union leader Zehra Khan in a television programme sparked an all women protest in the city of  Karachi in Pakistan, bringing together trade unionists, political party leaders and activists.

Thai unions campaign for ratification of ILO C 190 during pandemic

17 August, 2020IndustriALL Global Union’s Thai affiliates have maintained their campaign for the ratification of ILO Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since June, union leaders have lobbied government officials and educated members on the substance of Convention 190.