#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
- 8 out of 10 domestic workers in Latin America have been victims of workplace violence
- 1 in 3 garment workers in Cambodia were harassed at work in the past year
- 40% of women in the UK have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace
- Over a third of countries do not have any laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work
- Nearly a quarter of men (surveyed in 8 countries) believe it is acceptable for an employer to expect or ask for intimate relations
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* 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.
- Find out more about how we’re fighting to end violence and harassment in the workplace globally
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)
- Find out more in this story on the UN Women website
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)
- Watch more in this video about the CARE-supported coffee project helping tackle gender inequality in Papua New Guinea
“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.
- Read about our day of action to lobby MPs to demand an end to workplace harassment
- Catch up on what we’ve already achieved
- See what we need to do to be successful in June 2019
- Want to find out even more? Check out our In Depth analysis on the CARE Insights website for information on parliamentary debates, publications, blogs and more!