In workplaces around the world, women continue to be disproportionately affected by gender-based violence, including sexual harassment and assault. Many female workers experience workplace environments as places of humiliation, intimidation and hostility, including the exposure to the requirement of sexual favors, inappropriate physical contact and inappropriate comments.The reality is that this abuse remains under-reported due to fear of professional retaliation, fear of blame and fear of disbelief.
The International Labour Organization is considering a legally-binding convention on GBV that could help combat this global phenomenon. The Center for Women's Global Leadership, responsible for launching the 16 Days of Activism, have an online 16 Days Toolkit #ILOendGBV that can help equip you as you advocate for the elimination of gender-based violence in the workplace."#ILOendGBV is an initiative of the 16 Days Campaign that aims to ensure that women’s voices and lived experiences are brought to bear on ILO's current discussions" (16dayscampaign).