Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

News 24/01/2020

Commission encourages EU Member States to ratify the violence and harassment convention

The European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Decision allowing Member States to take forward the process of ratifying at national level the Convention on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work.

Commission encourages EU Member States to ratify the violence and harassment convention

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The convention, adopted during the International Labour Organisation (ILO) centenary in June 2019, is the first international instrument setting out global standards on work-related harassment and violence.

The convention recognises that violence and harassment at work can be a human rights violation or abuse, posing a threat to equal opportunities.

The EU cannot ratify ILO conventions because the EU is not a member of the organisation, only Member States can ratify such conventions. When the ILO instrument touches on EU competences, a Council decision authorising ratification is required. 

According to the survey on violence against women conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 1 in 2 women in the EU said they have experienced some sort of sexual harassment at least once since the age of 15. Of all sexual harassment, in 32% of the reported cases, the perpetrator was someone related to the woman's employment (colleague, boss or customer).

More information about the convention is available on the ILO website

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