Panama becomes 21st country to ratify ILO Convention 190

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Last 1 November, Panama became the 21st country and the 9th in Latin America and the Caribbean to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No. 190 by officially depositing the instrument of ratification to the ILO. 

In a ceremony in Geneva, Panama Labour Minister Doris Zapata Acevedo deposited the instrument of ratification to ILO Director General Gilbert Houngbo. 

Acevedo said that the country's commitment to the creation of workplaces where human beings and companies are protected from experiencing harassment in their workplaces has been reinforced. 

The ILO Convention No. 190 seeks to address violence and harassment against women in the world of work. Together with Recommendation No. 206 , the Convention provides a comprehensive policy framework to help countries ensure that workplaces are free from all forms of violence and harassment. 

The Building and Woodworkers' International (BWI), especially its affiliates in Panama and the Latin America and Caribbean region in general, welcomed Panama's inclusion in the growing list of countries that ratified the international instrument. The global union, led by women trade unionists, urges more countries to ratify the convention as testament of their commitment to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence against women workers.