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Petition: End violence and harassment at work!

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By signing this petition you are signing the following statement: I support the Government of Ireland’s ratification of the ILO Convention 190 “Ending violence and harassment in the world of work.” In order to realise this ambition, I ask the Irish Government to oblige companies, through a series of effective incentives and disincentives measures, to take actions to eliminate all forms of harassment and violence against women in their supply chains, including in other countries.

About the petition

The world’s Governments, employers and workers adopted the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 190 in June 2019. The Irish Government, IBEC and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions were active participants in the negotiations – now we want to see it become law in Ireland.

The Irish government played an important role in getting this Convention adopted and is working to ratify it in Ireland. But we can do more! 

Ratification of this Convention is an opportunity to update Irish legislation to require companies to address sexual violence throughout their supply chain, including in other countries. The Programme for Government commits to examining the need for mandatory human rights due diligence. This is an opportunity to review and update legislation accordingly and ensure it is in line with the standards set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights which ask States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.

 

By signing this petition you are signing the following statement: I support the Government of Ireland’s ratification of the ILO Convention 190 “Ending violence and harassment in the world of work.” In order to realise this ambition, I ask the Irish Government to oblige companies, through a series of effective incentives and disincentives measures, to take actions to eliminate all forms of harassment and violence against women in their supply chains, including in other countries.

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Add your name to help women like Rahima

Rahima*35, is a garment worker in Bangladesh. She works 12-hour days and is often underpaid, meaning that finds it difficult to pay for her three children to go to school. On top of this, she faces sexual harassment in the workplace that makes her life even harder.

“Sexual harassment is happening everywhere,” says Rahima. “If we can get a law that can give girls immediate justice, only then will the harassment situation change.”

*Pseudonyms have been used to protect women workers’ identities.

 

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Abuse isn’t in anyone’s job description. 

Sexual harassment is a violation of human rights.

Around 35% of women – 818 million women globally – over the age of 15 have experienced sexual or physical violence at home, in their communities or in the workplace.

Take action to end violence and harassment at work.

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Industries such as Electronics, Toys, Garment / Fast-Fashion and Agriculture are all repeat offenders when it comes to dangerous and undignified working conditions. These industries are often based in lower income countries, where employment laws offer far less protection against violence and harassment. Many of these same products are distributed and sold in Ireland by Irish companies.

According to article 9 of ILO Convention 190, “Each Member shall adopt laws and regulations requiring employers to take appropriate steps commensurate with their degree of control to prevent violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence and harassment.” Following the ratification of the Convention, Irish legislation ought to oblige companies, through a series of effective incentive and disincentive measures, to take actions to eliminate all forms of harassment and violence against women in their supply chains. They should clearly state to all business partners that harassment and violence at work are not allowed and require their business partners to develop a reporting and handling procedure and make it known to all workers. Sexual harassment and gender-based violence are serious human rights violations and companies should not tolerate them in any of their activities.

Garment worker in Bangladesh

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