ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment (No. 190)

Namibia Commits to Ratify ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment

Namibia announces commitment to ratify the ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment (No. 190), during major Global Citizen festival in New York.

News | 30 September 2019
NEW YORK (ILO News) – Namibia has become the first African country to publicly commit to ratify the landmark ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment (No. 190), adopted this year by the International Labour Conference in Geneva.

H.E. Mr. Tjekero Tweya, Namibia’s Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, made the commitment during the annual Global Citizen festival in New York.

“I am proud to announce that Namibia will officially ratify and implement the International Labour Organization’s Convention on Violence and Harassment. This historic Convention will ensure that everyone, especially women, in Namibia are legally protected against violence and abuse of any form in the workplace,” he said.

Namibia is reviewing the national legislation in the light of the obligations under the Convention, to determine what addresses only some forms of violence and harassment, and are consulting with workers, employers and their representatives. The Convention applies to the public and private sectors, the formal and informal economy, and in urban and rural areas. In addition, the Convention has a strong focus on gender-based violence and harassment, and specific groups disproportionately affected by violence and harassment.

“The announcement is a significant next step for Namibia, following its active involvement in the negotiations and adoption of the Convention,” said Shauna Olney, Chief of the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch of the ILO. “Namibia has made it clear that it is ready to take concrete action to ratify and implement the Convention. It is leading the way for others in the region, and globally, to follow suit”.
Global Citizen is an online advocacy platform engaging users from around the world to take action on global issues. It gathered over 40,000 signatures calling on world leaders to ratify Convention No 190. The signatures were officially delivered to Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO during the United Nations General Assembly.

Every year, Global Citizen gathers Heads of States, the private sector, activists and key leaders to make on-stage commitments and announcements, while also entertaining the 60,000 concert attendees in Central Park, New York, and the millions watching via a live broadcast. This year, Queen with Adam Lambert, One Republic, Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams were among the headline acts.