Trade unionists from around the world will be standing together on November 25 to call for an end to violence against women at the workplace.
The MTD and its affiliated unions will be part of this global effort that coincides with the United Nations’ International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The campaign is being organized by the Brussels- based International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), of which the AFL-CIO is an affiliate. The ITUC is calling for an International Labor Organization convention aimed at stopping gender-based violence.
Representing 176 million workers from 161 countries, the ITUC points out that “sexual harassment, psychological violence, threats and bullying are common practices in the workplace. By ratifying an ILO convention, governments commit to put their laws in compliance with the standard. The enforcement of adequate laws is crucial to prevent gender-based violence at work.”
Additionally, the ITUC states “at least one in three women around the world is estimated to have been coerced into sex, physically beaten or otherwise abused in her lifetime. For females aged 15 to 44 years, such violence is a major cause of disability or death.”
During its quadrennial congress in August, the International Transport Workers’ Federation overwhelmingly supported a “white ribbon” campaign calling for an end to workplace violence against women. The London-based organization composed of more than 700 transportation unions (including several MTD affiliates) from 151 countries is promoting the November day of action on its website: www.itglobal.org .