According to the World Health Organization, 35% of women – 818 million women globally – over the age of 15 have experienced sexual or physical violence at home, in their communities or in the workplace.
At the recent BWI 4th World Congress, the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan was adopted. One of the seven convergences focus on gender equality.
Within the pillar of Build, a key outcome is to Push for non-discriminatory practices and provisions to stop all forms of gender-based violence in the area of work.
In addition, at the upcoming 2018 International Labour Conference of the ILO, a key discussion will center on the adoption of an ILO convention accompanied by a Recommendation, on “Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work”, with a strong focus on the gender dimension of violence. Last year, in preparations for these discussions the BWI provided feedback and recommendations to the survey solicited by the ILO.
As was poignantly expressed at the BWI 4th World Congress in Durban by a number of trade union women delegates, BWI affiliates have been active in raising awareness to stop gender-based violence. To continue these efforts, the BWI is once again asking BW’I affiliates to mobilize actions and activities for International Women’s Day in 2018 on the theme of how women are using their power to end gender-based violence.
In particular, BWI calls on its affiliates to do the following:
send interviews and videos highlighting this theme to BWI secretariat
highlight the role of women leaders in trade unions through public statements and press conferences
bring together women to celebrate International Women’s Day and develop and
strengthen their leadership skills
You can download the posters in different languages hereunder: