Societies have much work to do to end discrimination and prevent violence and harassment everywhere; including the world of work. Incidences of violence, particularly domestic violence, spiked during the COVID-19 crisis. It is a stark reminder of the need for effective action, if we are to build forward better.
In 2019, the International Labour Organization adopted a first of its kind international treaty - Convention 190 that recognizes everyone’s right to a world of work free from violence and harassment. This landmark treaty empowered the movement against violence and harassment in all its forms.
We all know that violence and harassment causes deep human suffering, disrupts businesses and tears at the social fabric. We know it should have no place, anywhere. And, no one… absolutely no one … should ever have to live in fear of violence and harassment at work, at home, or on the way to work.
Convention 190 is a compass that can guide countries to usher in a world of work based on dignity and respect for all. Countries that choose to ratify this path-breaking international treaty choose freedom from violence and harassment.
I am Mrunal Thakur. Join me in supporting the campaign for ratification of ILO Convention 190.