Gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent human-rights violations in the world. More than 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence and between 40% and 50% of women experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a manifestation of unequal power relations between women and men. At work, as in society, GBV can take on multiple forms, including:

  • Physical assault, including rape
  • Verbal abuse and threats of violence
  • Bullying
  • Psychological abuse and intimidation
  • Sexual harassment

Further, domestic or ‘intimate partner’ violence has a clear impact on the workplace, through absenteeism, loss of productivity and job security for the victims, and misuse of company resources by perpetrators, for example.

Trade unions are taking action to end gender-based violence at work and are campaigning for a new international labour Convention to tackle the various forms of gender-based violence that occur in the world of work .

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