First Asian survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and in workplaces in the Philippines inspired multilateral and coordinated action to combat gender-based violence at work
The Key Findings of the joint ITUC-Asia Pacific and the Philippine affiliates, a pioneering study in the Philippines and Asia on the Impact of Domestic Violence (DV) on Workers and in Workplaces in the Philippines formally launched on 23 September in Manila, inspired more than 70 participants from key government agencies, employers, ILO and Philippine affiliates TUCP, FFW, SENTRO, to collaborate on domestic violence prevention and awareness including at the workplace and action and advocacy to address gender-based violence at work, including DV.
The findings, based on an analysis of initial 1,084 respondents, revealed that one in five (21%) reported personal experience with DV at some point in their life and that their experience affected their work, their co-workers and workplaces. An additional 20% of respondents reported knowing someone at work who had experienced violence.
Representatives from participating key government agencies and employers stressed that the key findings rightly highlighted and validated familiar issues and experiences of workers and co-workers with DV, their specific problems and challenges in accessing support and assistance, and persistent gaps in the implementation of existing DV-related laws and regulations. They identified areas for collaboration and where to refocus attention and collective intervention.
On the day of the launch, 126 individuals across the globe, with a social reach of more than 114,000 individuals, caused the simultaneous posting on their Facebook and Twitter the same message “Domestic Violence is a Workplace Issue! #SupportDVfreeWorkplaces!" supporting the launch of the key findings.
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is the main international trade union organisation, representing the interests of working people worldwide.