The African Regional Organisation of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) has demanded an action to eliminate violence against women in workplaces
Speaking during the 2023 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which hold every November, 25th, Chairperson of Women Committee of ITUC-AFRICA, Comrade Gladys Blanche call for the ratification of the ILO Convention 190.
“As we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, ITUC-Africa stands in solidarity with individuals, organisations, and communities across the continent in the shared commitment to prevent and combat violence against women.
“This day serves as a reminder that violence against women is a pervasive issue that knows no boundaries, affecting women from all walks of life, in every territory, and across generations.
“Also, it is not confined to the private sphere alone but permeates workplaces, communities, and public spaces. From domestic violence to sexual assault, women endure various forms of violence that extend beyond the physical realm to include moral, psychological, sexual, and economic dimensions.
“The adoption of Convention No. 190 and Recommendation No. 206 recognises the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment. We, therefore, reiterate our call for the ratification of the ILO Convention 190. ITUC-Africa recognises the urgent need for collective action to eliminate violence against women.
“We acknowledge the critical role of unions, civil society, and governmental bodies in addressing this crisis and fostering environments where women can live and work free from fear. Therefore, we shall continue to advocate for collaborative and inclusive efforts to rein in this menace.
“ITUC-Africa will continue to lead awareness-raising actions among the continent’s trade union leadership to elevate the issue of gender-based violence in the world of work as a priority. We shall increase our mobilisation of our male counterparts as HE4HER champions and redouble our efforts to deconstruct and defeat patriarchy, stereotypes, misogyny, chauvinism and other societal actions that undermine the rights and well-being of women and girls in our communities and economies.
“On commemorating this significant event, we urge everyone on our continent to recommit to the strive for equality, justice, and human dignity. Together, we can create an African continent where every woman lives free from the threat of violence and enjoys the full spectrum of her rights.