News on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

  1. The reality of violence at work in Madagascar

    19 June 2018

    While workplace violence can differ depending on a country’s development level, the most common forms occur everywhere. In the poorest countries, unacceptable practices are often exacerbated by poverty. We looked at the situation in Madagascar.

  2. ILO tripartism “a most potent antidote” to negative political trends and discourse

    08 June 2018

    World parliament of labour heads for ground-breaking new standards on violence at work and supports renewed push for gender equality.

  3. ILO Violence and Harassment at Work: How the provision of Employment Injury Benefits and Workers Compensation can benefit Employers and Workers

    28 May 2018

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    ILO, Flanders to promote decent work in Malawi’s tea plantations

    23 April 2018

    The project focuses on empowering women and ending violence at work, promoting freedom of association and collective bargaining, as well as improving access to water and sanitation.

  5. Three steps to end discrimination of migrant workers and improve their health

    14 February 2018

    When migrant workers leave their home, many encounter abuse and violence on their journey and discrimination once they arrive. This can be because of their status as migrants but also because of their ethnicity, sex, religion, and HIV status.

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    “Leaving no-one behind means ending all forms of violence and harassment against women”

    25 November 2017

    "With notable exceptions, far too little has been done for far too long to end the culture of impunity, to end the culture of silence," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement issued on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  7. ILO launches new issue on psychosocial risks, stress and violence in the world of work

    28 April 2017

    The ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities launched today a new issue of the International Journal of Labour Research on psychosocial risks, stress and violence in the world of work. The aims of this new issue are to raise the questions surrounding work-related stress, violence and harassment in the world of work, in order to respond to the need to revitalize the exchange of information in the labour movement on these topics.

  8. Time to banish Violence Against Women in the Workplace

    25 November 2015

  9. Code of Conduct gives Viet Nam hope to address workplace sexual harassment, protecting workers and benefiting business

    25 May 2015

    A new Code of Conduct developed with ILO support is expected to help the Government, employers and workers in Viet Nam identify sexual harassment in the workplace, prevent and address it through practical guidance which is missing in the laws.

  10. A smart way to prevent bonded labour

    03 May 2013

    A young couple and their new baby are the first beneficiaries of a national health insurance scheme which now extends to migrant brick kiln workers at risk of bondage, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

  11. ILO Director-General's statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2013

    08 March 2013

    A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women. Stop violence against women at work.

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    When work becomes a sexual battleground

    06 March 2013

    To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, which focuses on ‘violence against women’, the ILO is highlighting the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace – an often subtle but disturbing form of aggression.

  13. The story of Munti: Tortured to death in Malaysia

    15 September 2011

    Suparmo, 47 years old, still cannot forget his wife’s condition. Her teeth were broken. Her backbone was fractured. She had bruises and stab wounds on her face and body. His wife’s name was Munti. She was only 36 years old and was in a coma. “I couldn’t believe that she could still be alive with all those severe injuries,” Suparmo recalled. “She had been severely tortured by her employers.”

  14. The story of Umi Saodah: Tortured and trapped in war-torn Palestine

    15 September 2011

    “I’m still angry and cannot forget what they have done to me,” Umi Saodah, a 34-year-old, recalled. It’s still crystal clear in her mind how four family members of her employer tortured her two years ago. “They showed no mercy. If they were living here in Indonesia, I would retaliate,” she said.

  15. The story of Halimah: A father’s persisting regrets

    15 September 2011

    Kohar, 49 years old and a resident of Cianjur, West Java, has five children: four daughters and a son. His wife died in 1999 and his two eldest daughters have worked in Saudi Arabia. When his third daughter, Halimah, 27 years of age, asked his permission to follow in her sisters’ footsteps working in Saudi Arabia as a migrant domestic worker, he could not say no.

  16. The story of Elli Anita: Resilience in the face of adversity

    15 September 2011

    Elli Anita is the third daughter of a family who joined the government-sponsored resettlement program from Jember in East Java to Bandar Lampung, Sumatra, when she was 18 years old. She holds an elementary school level leaving certificate and was expected to work on the family farm. However, after listening to the stories of fellow villagers, she was keen to work overseas as a domestic worker and see other countries.

  17. The story of Siti Tarwiyah: Beaten to death in Saudi Arabia; blood money is all that remains of a mother’s love

    15 September 2011

    “I’m still so traumatized. I can not forget my late wife. Her body was covered in wounds as a result of regular caning,” recalled Hamid, the husband of Siti Tarwiyah who died in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, three years ago. Her body was bruised everywhere because members of the employers family used to smash her up against walls. She was only 32 years old when she died.

  18. The story of Ceriyati: Escaping abuse in Malaysia

    15 September 2011

    Ceriyati Binti Dapin, a 37-year-old mother of a handicapped son, had no other choice but to become a migrant domestic worker in order to supplement the income of her husband Ridwan, who worked as an ojek driver in the Central Java town of Brebes. Despite the long recruitment process and delays in getting employment in Malaysia, she had a strong desire to help her husband cover her son’s regular medical costs.

  19. The story of Cassina: Trapped in war-torn Iraq

    15 September 2011

    Like most of her peers in Subang, West Java, Cassina had a strong desire to lift her family out of poverty as it had a debilitating effect on them since her marriage in 1996. Her husband’s daily income as an ojek driver was inadequate to cover their daily needs and pay for their ten year-old son’s monthly school tuition fees. Having heard the success stories about her fellow villagers working in Malaysia and Middle East, she decided she wanted to work in Abu Dhabi.

  20. ILO calls for zero tolerance of violence against children in the workplace

    20 November 2006

    Millions of child labourers and legally employed adolescents face "systemic" violence at their places of work, ranging from physical or verbal abuse to sexual harassment, rape and even murder, according to a new "World Report on Violence Against Children" ( Note 1) published today, Universal Children's Day.