After only a few months at her job at a garment factory in Cambodia, Bopha had already been insulted, harassed, and assaulted. She says that when she told her co-workers, "They just told me to avoid him"

#MeToo shone a light on the sexual harassment and violence faced by women across many spheres of work and in all corners of the world.

Now, it’s time to act. #ThisIsNotWorking wants to put pressure on decision makers to make sure that abuse is no longer part of any woman’s job description.

From violence experienced by domestic workers in Ecuador, to the cost of harassment faced by garment workers in Cambodia, CARE’s work around the world proves that women need an international law to make their workplaces safer.

This coming June, we have a golden opportunity to do just that. Governments, workers and businesses will vote at the International Labour Organisation on a new global treaty to tackle workplace harassment and here at CARE we are pushing for a progressive convention that reaches the world’s poorest women.

Join us in finally making workplaces safe for all women everywhere.

Trigger warning: this website contains information about sexual assault, violence, and/or suicide which may be triggering to survivors.

Workplace harassment in numbers

statistics about extent of workplace violence against women

Violence and harassment at work is a global problem that requires a global response.

Follow @careintuk on Twitter to keep updated on the campaign and discover how you can push for a progressive global treaty to tackle workplace harassment.

Arruny’s story

Arruny* is bravely breaking her silence to share her experience, with the hope of protecting other women from what she has suffered. See and hear her story in this short video:

Don’t let her efforts be in vain. Amplify Arruny’s voice and support women worldwide by tweeting a link to this webpage with #ThisIsNotWorking.

*Arunny is not her real name: name changed to protect her identity.

What we’re doing to help workers

All over the world – from hotels in Sri Lanka to garment factories in Cambodia – we document harassment in the workplace. By researching working life around the world, we are calling ‘times up’ on violence against women.

composite image tuk-tuk drivers in Egypt and coffee farmer couple in Papua New Guinea

In Egypt, we train tuk-tuk drivers to prevent sexual harassment. Drivers who complete the course are provided with a sticker so that women going to work know that their commute will be safe. (Above left: Volunteers fix a sign to a tuk-tuk reading: My tuk-tuk is safe; free from sexual harassment or drugs)

Women working in the coffee industry in Papua New Guinea are at risk of violence because of an uneven division of labour and decision-making between them and their husbands. We provide farming couples with training to make the coffee industry fairer. (Above right: Coffee farmers Charles and Stella from Kinimu, Papua New Guinea)

Nazma Akter with Sadiq Khan and Bianca Jagger and others at #March4Women 2018

“When clothes are cheap, women are cheap”

Nazma Akter, former child labourer, trade unionist, activist and women’s leader from Bangladesh (above, orange scarf) said at #March4Women 2018:

“When clothes are cheap, women are cheap. Nothing comes for free in this world. Nothing is a discount. Women pay with their blood and their sweat. They take our energy, our youth, our education.”

To make change, we need solidarity. We need female leadership. We need each other. We need women to know their rights and demand them. We need companies and consumers to listen to women’s voices, listen to women’s demands and respect them.

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