ETF’s Workplace Guidance to address violence and harassment against women at work explained by Dr Jane Pillinger

10 Dec 2020

At the ETF, we are committed to eliminating gender-based violence at work, creating decent and fair working conditions for all, and ensuring women’s rights and equality in the workplace.

That’s why to mark today’s Human Rights Day, the last day of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the ETF has released a series of explanatory videos to guide trade unions through the use of our newly published Workplace Guidance to address violence and harassment against women at work.

The ETF has been actively campaigning to ratify the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention 190. Our Guidance builds upon the tools set out in the Convention and will support social partners at company and sector level to develop effective workplace policies that prevent and eliminate violence and harassment against women transport workers.

To explain how to best use the comprehensive model workplace policy and procedures as well as the step-by-step guide and checklists for gender-responsive risk assessment In the Guidance, the ETF spoke with the author, Dr. Jane Pillinger, a global expert on gender equality and gender-based violence at work.

In a series of short videos, divided into five key topics, she explains :

  • Why ending violence and harassment against women transport workers is a crucial and how Convention 190 can contribute to making transport fit for women to work in
  • What the ETF Workplace Guidance covers with a special focus on ensuring a gender-responsive approach and the importance of carrying out a gender risk assessment
  • How trade unions can best implement the guidance at company or sector level and how to integrate a gender-responsive approach into collective bargaining
  • Why domestic violence is a workplace issue and how the Guidance can play a role in addressing it
  • The next steps and concrete actions unions can take to end violence and harassment against women in the world of work

We urge trade unions to use the Guidance as a tool to lead the fight in the everyday battle to eliminate gender-based violence.

The playlist of videos can be viewed below – please click on the link to see the full playlist or click in the right-hand corner of the video to change to a different topic.

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