Uruguay: Country becomes the first nation to ratify the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention

Author: International Labor Organization, Published on: 15 June 2020

‘Uruguay first to ratify ILO Violence and Harassment Convention’ 12 June 2020

 …Uruguay has become the first country to ratify the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 2019), a year after it was adopted by the International Labour Conference… With only two ratifications needed for Convention No. 190 to enter into force, this first ratification represents an important step in the process…Convention No. 190 is the first international treaty to address violence and harassment in the world of work…Together with Recommendation No. 206, it provides a common framework for action and a unique opportunity to shape a future of work based on dignity and respect, and underlines the right of everyone to a world free from violence and harassment. It includes the first international definition of violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence… The Convention applies to the public and private sectors, formal and informal economies, and urban and rural areas. It protects everyone in the world of work, irrespective of their contractual status… The Convention also requires ratifying member States to adopt, in consultation with representative employers’ and workers’ organizations, an inclusive, integrated and gender-responsive approach to preventing and eliminating violence and harassment, through prevention, protection and enforcement measures and remedies, as well as guidance, training and awareness-raising…

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