The Young Urban Women’s Movement (YUWM), a program of ActionAid Ghana, has called on the government to take action to ratify the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 190 (C190) on Violence and Harassment in the world of work.
ILO C190 is a comprehensive international regulation, which addresses all issues relating to gender-based violence in the world of work and recognizes that violence and harassment in the world of work can constitute a violation of human rights. man as well as a threat to equal opportunity. .
Convention 190 and Recommendation 206 are the first international legal standards that recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.
The Convention also aims to promote a general zero tolerance environment with respect to violence and harassment and facilitating the prevention of such behaviors and practices.
Ms. Bridget Dedaa Darfur, Public Relations Officer, Young Urban Women Movement – Greater Accra Chapter, in a signed and copied statement to the Ghana News Agency in Tema, said “the ratification and effective implementation of the Convention 190 (C190) and Recommendation 206 (R206), would be essential in addressing the scourge of violence and harassment in the world of work, and in particular the prevalence of gender-based violence.”
He said: “Research conducted by ActionAid Ghana in collaboration with YUWM in 2018 found that 44% of young urban women in the informal sector suffered from ‘repeated sexual behaviors such as touching, rubbing or groping’ while 49% had been ” sexually abused in the world of work” and 44% had been “harassed more than once”.
The statement states that there has been an alarming increase in cases of domestic violence around the world due to containment measures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and that C190 and R206 set out clear measures that governments and social partners should take to mitigate the impacts of domestic violence, including violence perpetrated against people who work from home.
According to the statement, as the Government of Ghana’s attention was imperative to save lives and livelihoods at risk due to this unprecedented pandemic, it urged the Minister of Employment and Workplace Relations to ratify and to urgently implement the ILO Convention. 190 as part of measures to stem the effects of the pandemic.
“The ratification and proper implementation of C190 and R206 would be urgent to combat the scourge of violence and harassment in the world of work, and particularly the prevalence of gender-based violence”, he said. added.
He further said that the COVID-19 pandemic has, however, revealed and exacerbated the urgency as they have witnessed an unacceptable increase in violence and harassment against workers, especially workers in the informal economy.
“As governments’ attention is focused on saving lives and livelihoods at risk due to this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we urge the President, through the Minister of Jobs and Labor Relations, to ensure the ratification and implementation of C190 as part of response measures to curb the growing negative effects of the pandemic,” he said.
The statement further called on MPs to raise the issue of ratification in the House and hold the government to account in this regard.