World Leaders: Protect Women From Workplace Violence

Governments must adopt international standards on workplace violence and harassment.

What to know:

  • Today, more than 1 in 3 countries lack protections on sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.
  • Lack of legislation against workplace violence and harassment leaves an estimated 424 million working-age women unprotected.
  • World leaders must sign on to and implement the new ILO global Convention to end violence and harassment at work.

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Across the world, sexual harassment in the workplace is a huge problem. While workplace violence can affect both women and men, it is overwhelmingly targeted at women. From female garment workers in India to waitresses in the United States, the patterns of repeated verbal, sexual, and physical abuse are the same. 

The #MeToo movement saw women take a global stand against sexual harassment and assault. But today, over 1 in 3 countries have no protections against sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.

“Me Too is a global community of survivors,” said Tarana Burke, Me Too founder. “It is a mechanism for action, for empowerment.” 

In the aftermath of #MeToo, the International Labor Organization (ILO) has established the world’s first global set of international labor standards — the Convention and Recommendation on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work. This treaty is a milestone for women’s equality globally.

But to really make this incredible step forward effective, we need states to ratify these new global standards into their national laws so that all women can pursue their careers in a world free from violence and harassment.

Raise your voice: tell world leaders to #LevelTheLaw and protect women against abuse at work.