Asia-Pacific unions commit to work together to advance healthier, better and gender-based violence-free workplaces
An ITUC-AP regional meeting on strategies and programs for curbing gender-based violence at work was organized to raise the bar in terms of broadening knowledge, increasing awareness and accelerating actions among affiliates on tackling GBV at work. This meeting was held 8 days before the start of the 325th Session of the ILO Governing Body which will consider whether to include a standard setting item on GBV at work on the agenda of a future International Labour Conference.
Together with speakers from the Domestic Violence at Work Network, ILO, NZCTU, ACTU and ITUC, the meeting discussed the evidence of the link between GBV and the world of work, relevant global norms and standards on gender-based violence, and the ongoing global campaign to end GBV at work and pressure the ILO Governing Body to put a proposal for an international standard on GBV at work on the agenda of the ILC.
Several plenary sessions and interactive working groups explored actions taken by affiliates in the area of GBV prevention and interventions and multi-sectoral responses and collaboration, particularly with men to advance gender equality and priority areas for further engagement and advocacy. The meeting adopted the following key conclusions and a call to action on the way forward:
Gender-based violence is a workplace issue
An ILO instrument on GBV at work will protect workers and benefit employers
There is more that affiliates, working with others, can do to support affected workers
Women and men have a shared responsibility to tackle and combat GBV at work
Combating GBV at work is one very useful step in the broader agenda on gender equality
Twenty-seven participants [70% women; 30% women] from 25 affiliates in 20 countries attended the meeting.
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