Argentina’s ILO 190 ratification energises 16 days activism vs. VAW

As trade unions worldwide mark the start of the 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women on 25 November, Argentina’s recent ratification of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No. 190 energises this year’s campaign against gender-based violence. 

On 11 November, the Argentine Chamber of Deputies, voting 241 against 1, approved the convention on violence and harassment in the world of work. Argentina becomes the third country to ratify the convetion next to Uruguay and Fiji. 

"This is the result of the collective struggle to realise a world of work free of violence. This victory belongs to the Argentinian trade union movement and civil society organisations, whose relentless campaign persuaded lawmakers to make this dream a reality,” said Nilton Freitas, BWI Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Freitas said the ratification inspires and energises BWI-affiliated trade unions in Argentina in campaigning for the “16 Days of Trade Union Activism on Violence against Women.”

“We will continue the campaign for a world of work free of all forms gender-based violence and encourage other countries in the region to do ratify the convention,” he said. 

BWI has been committed to the development of the convention addressing violence and harassment in the world of work and campaigned extensively for its adoption at the ILO. Campaign work continues at BWI to support affiliates to champion ratification in their countries to achieve safer workplaces where the wellbeing of workers is protected.

BWI and its Australian affiliate, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), kicked off this year’s 16 days of activism campaign on violence against women, with a “Safe at Work. Safe at Home” campaign to promote women’s safety at workplaces and homes. CFMEU commissioned artist Sam Wallman  to create an artwork to highlight the message.