Unionists seek ratification of ILO C190 to eliminate workplace violence
Female unionists under the platform of IndustriALL Nigeria Council have sought the ratification and domestication of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 190 to end violence and harassment against women in the workplace.
The women, cladded in IndustriALL T-shirts with the inscription, “FGN Ratify and Domesticate ILO C190”, converged in Lagos, chanting solidarity songs condemning gender-based violence and discrimination.
They campaigned on rights to economic justice, bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health, feminist action for climate justice, and also craved for technology and innovation for gender equality and feminist leadership amongst others.
They argued that 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and progressive roadmap for gender equality, it was time to take stock of progress and bridge the gaps through bold and decisive actions.
Chairperson of IndustriALL Nigeria Council, Women Committee, Oluchi Amaogwu, while addressing members, admonished them to rise up and say no to violence and harassment against women and girls.
Amaogwu, who spoke during commemoration of International Women’s Day told the audience the importance of ratifying and domesticating the ILO C190, which provides a momentum for trade unions and other stakeholders to fight violence and harassment in the world of work.
Noting that unions have important roles to play to make sure the convention becomes part of national laws, she called on affiliates to raise awareness by educating their members and society at large.
She tasked women both in formal and informal sectors to actively embrace this year’s theme for International Women’s Day, tagged, “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights” so as to accelerate gender parity and say no to discrimination in all forms.
The gathering had in attendance resource persons who made presentations to intensify the consciousness of women in the labour force and how their rights can be guaranteed and sustained.
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