How this petition helps


In June 2019, governments, unions and employer bodies will come together at the International Labour Conference to vote on the first global convention on ending violence and harassment at work.

But as negotiations progress, some of the world’s lowest-paid, most vulnerable women are at risk of being excluded from the Convention’s scope. If this global law is going to protect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable women, we need to make sure the current draft of the Convention is not watered down. As a member of the International Labour Organization, the Australian Government must use its vote to ensure protection for everybody, everywhere.

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In 2018 CARE Australia, with the help of 4,436 supporters, successfully petitioned the Australian Government to vote for a binding international convention on ending violence and harassment against workers. This was a huge win, but our work is not done.

As negotiations on the Convention’s wording continue, some of the world’s lowest-paid, most vulnerable women are at risk of being excluded from its scope. Women working in private homes such as maids or nannies, street vendors, sex workers and anyone working without a formal contract could remain unprotected.

There’s also a risk the Convention won’t cover work-related violence or harassment that doesn’t fit a narrow definition of “workplace” – such as online harassment by colleagues or sexual assaults at migrant worker hostels.

We need the Australian Government to back inclusive definitions of “worker” and “workplace” so that all women around the world are protected.

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How far have we come?

May 2018

CARE Australia, with the help of 4,436 fantastic Australians, successfully petition the Government to support a binding international convention.

June 2018

Delegates at the International Labour Conference, including the Australian Government, vote in favour of creating a binding convention. Worldwide, CARE had collected more than 160,000 signatures.

March-May 2019

CARE Australia is once again collecting signatures to ensure the Australian Government rejects a watered down Convention and supports protection for all working women, everywhere.

June 2019

Delegates at the International Labour Conference, including the Australian Government, will vote on the wording of the international Convention to end violence and harassment in the world of work.

Beyond

The Convention will set the standard for national laws against workplace harassment and hold governments and employers accountable for making change at a local level.