In 2019 -at the Centenary Session of the I.L.O. in Geneva, the Convention passed resolution C190 to outlaw GBV and Harassment from the Workplace -see extracts below. Despite promises the South African Government has still failed to ratify over a year later.
Just as in most countries around the world, the situation in South Africa has worsened in the last few weeks as a result of the Corona virus with GBV and Femicide in the home on a dramatic increase.
The South African Justice Minister said recently that “Laws are not enough – it needs buy in from all men – young and old to succeed” – which is true, however, as South Africans slowly return to work the Ratification of C190 will give them some security knowing they at least have key legislation to protect them in their place of work – so we ask you to join us and sign the Petition calling on the South African Government to quickly ratify C190.
“Recalling that the Declaration of Philadelphia affirms that all human beings, irrespective of race, creed or sex, have the right to pursue both their material well-being and their spiritual development in conditions of freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity.
Recognizes the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.
Recognizes that violence and harassment in the world of work can constitute a human rights violation or abuse, and that violence and harassment is a threat to equal opportunities, is unacceptable and incompatible with decent work.
Recognizes the importance of a work culture based on mutual respect and dignity of the human being to prevent violence and harassment,
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“Each Member (Country) shall adopt laws and regulations to define and prohibit violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence and (Sexual) harassment”.