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Private sector active in fighting sexual harassment at workplaces

A number of enterprises have taken the lead in preventing and combating sexual harassment at the workplace since this sensitive issue for the first time was prohibited in the amended Labour Code 2012 which started effect on 1 May 2013.

Media advisory | 19 December 2013

HANOI – A number of enterprises have taken the lead in preventing and combating sexual harassment at the workplace since this sensitive issue for the first time was prohibited in the amended Labour Code 2012 which started effect on 1 May 2013.

While the legal definitions of sexual harassment at the workplace and the problem-solving guidance have not been regulated in the legislation, some companies have already banned sexual harassment in their work regulations and collective bargaining agreements, or issued their own policies aiming to address the issue with the support of a pilot programme of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

The enterprises also set up communication campaigns and organized trainings to improve the awareness on sexual harassment for their staff.

The good practices will be shared by the private sector at a series of workshops to be organized in Hanoi, Da Nang and HCM City by the ILO and VCCI. A Guide on preventing and combating sexual harassment at the workplace will also be launched at the events.

“Sexual harassment is a form of gender-based violence at the workplace that needs to be tackled to protect the labour rights of every worker and ensure a healthy and productive working environment,” said ILO Viet Nam Director Gyorgy Sziraczki.

VCCI Standing Vice Chairman Hoang Van Dung expected that the guide would provide enterprises with knowledge and methods to prevent and address sexual harassment at the workplace. “That would contribute to the development of sound industrial relations in the private sector,” he said.


Details of the events:
 


Sharing workshop “The guide and enterprises’ good practices on preventing and addressing sexual harassment at the workplace”

23 December 2013: Prestige Hotel, 17 Pham Dinh Ho Street, Ha Noi
24 December 2013: Vien Dong Hotel, 275 A Phạm Ngu Lao Street, District 1, HCM City
26 December 2013: Phuong Dong Hotel, 97 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Da Nang

Tags: gender and development

Regions and countries covered: Asia, Viet Nam

Unit responsible: ILO Country Office for Viet Nam

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