Gender-based violence: a call to action
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2 April 2019
The NUJ is taking part in a campaign co-ordinated by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its other sister unions to lobby for a new International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention addressing violence in the world of work – specifically gender-based violence.
Gender-based violence remains one of the most tolerated violations of workers’ human rights. Women journalists are targeted because they are journalists and because they are women. It is time to stop gender-based violence. More than 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence and between 40 per cent and 50 per cent of women experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.
The IFJ has produced dedicated campaign material explaining key facts about how these abuses affect our members – and what we can do to fight such abuse.
Now the campaign has reached a critical stage and we need your help to make one final push for support before the ILO Conference in June.
What you can do:
- Lobby your governments to support the upcoming ILO Convention Against Violence in the World of Work, as an essential tool to battle impunity and violence. Use the International Trade Union Confederation’s template letter and the ITUC’s briefing paper.
- Urge them to add ‘journalists and media workers’ to the list of workers at high risk.
- Work with any employers’ organisations in your country or region to get letters of support for the convention.
Use the campaign toolkit produced by the International Trade Union Confederation.