16 Days of Activism

ILO Director-General Message for the elimination of gender-based violence

The 16 Days of Activism Global Campaign to call for the elimination of gender-based violence runs annually from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). This year’s theme is "UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls".

Date issued: 24 November 2023 | Size/duration: 1:27


Violence and harassment against women and girls know no borders, not even the workplace.

One in five persons in employment faces violence and harassment during their working life.

And three out of five, mostly women, endure it repeatedly.

We can prevent this.

We can act before it happens.

It means investing in preventing violence and harassment against women and girls, inside and outside the workplace.

Investing in rooting out discrimination. Everywhere.

Only by acting together can we make a difference.

ILO Convention No. 190 grants everyone the right to a violence-free work environment.

As I join the 16 Days of Activism for the elimination of violence against women and girls, I call upon all Member States to ratify Convention 190.

Together, we can create a more inclusive world of work and ensure social justice for all.

Let's unite to stop this violence BEFORE it begins.