BWI congratulates Namibia for ratifying ILO Convention 190

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BWI congratulates Namibia for heeding the call of workers worldwide by ratifying the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Convention 190 on Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work. The timing of the registration of their ratification at the ILO on 9 December, a day before the International Human Rights Day and the conclusion of the 16 Days Activism in Gender-based Violence, is both symbolic and inspiring.


Celebrating the good news, BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson said; ”this is a much-needed win in the midst of the many difficulties this year for workers, especially women workers, and brings us closer to our vision of a gender-equal better world.

BWI also congratulated its Namibian affiliate MANWU for the victory, in particular, its General Secretary Justina Jonas, for championing the need for safe spaces at workplaces and at homes for women in several public platforms this year. "Their tireless efforts contributed to the pressure and public awareness needed for the ratification and will serve as inspiration for other trade unions to emulate,” Yuson said.  

Namibia is the third country to lodge their ratification of Convention 190 before the ILO, after Uruguay and Fiji. The Convention will now come into force in June 2021.

With the recent ratification of the Convention 190 also by Argentina, and more pledges to ratify from a number of other countries, BWI is hopeful for a ripple effect globally. BWI said that it will continue to support its affiliates worldwide as they press their governments to ratify the convention and build the ethos of a just and equal world where all are free from discrimination, violence and abuse.