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Elimination of Violence against Women

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CATUS Women Section invites social partners to take part in the campaign ’16 days of activism’ to jointly take actions and promote policies and procedures so that harassment and violence against women at work would be eliminated.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, CATUS joined trade unions around the world which will organize activities in order to fight for the right to the world of work without violence and harassment.

Since the third World Women’s Conference of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) organized in 2017, we celebrated the historic adoption of the ILO Convention 190 and ILO Recommendation 206 in June 2019. These are the documents guaranteeing everyone’s right to the world of work freed from violence and harassment, including those on the grounds of gender.

Adopting these ILO instruments is the result of long-standing lobbying, advocating and trade union campaigns organized by women, supported by the association of civil society organizations.

Pandemic and extraordinary measures caused the increase of gender based violence and harassment, including violence in the family, and many women experience this even at work place. Ratification and effective implementation of the Convention 190 and accompanying Recommendation 206 are more needed and more urgent than ever.

During the fifth ITUC World Congress, held on November 16, 2022 in Melbourne, the fourth Women Conference took place. Trade union representatives seized the opportunity to call upon all structures in authority to ratify and effectively implement all ILO instruments.

In its basic Congress document ‘ITUC Congress Statement’, this umbrella organization that CATUS is a member of, confirms its readiness to get intensively involved to reach those goals. CATUS also demands universal ratification and full respect  of ILO Conventions against discrimination and Convention 190 on elimination of violence and harassement against women, appealing to the reform of legislation and policies and introducing relevant measures in the collective bargaining.

CATUS and Women Section think that collective agreements are the most efficient means in the fight against all forms of violence that women are exposed to.

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