Resource Kit on “Gender-based violence in global supply chains”
A new Resource Kit on gender-based violence in global supply chains is designed to help global brands, employers, trade unions and other stakeholders tackle these human rights abuses in their supply chains. Created by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization, in collaboration with Fair Wear Foundation, it provides a wealth of case studies and practical strategies to make workplaces safe and free from violence and harassment.
Violence and harassment in the world of work are a threat to the health and well-being of everyone. They not only affect workers, employers and the brands that sell the products, but also families, communities, economies and society as a whole.
Why a resource kit on gender-based violence in global supply chains?
Today, one in every five jobs is linked to a global supply chain. Violence and sexual harassment, particularly in the form of sexual violence and verbal abuse against women workers, are frequently found in sectors where women are part of the low-skilled workforce.
Many large companies and brands selling consumer goods—such as clothing, footwear, food, flowers and electronics—outsource production to factories and farms, located in countries with varying levels of economic and social development or human resource systems.
While globalizing the production translates into more job creation, particularly for women, these jobs do not necessarily result in safe and decent work. Tragic events, such as the Rana Plaza accident in 2013, highlight the risks faced by workers in the global production cycle.
Gender-based violence in farms and factories is a risk that is under-reported, yet experienced by many vulnerable, often young and female, workers in the global production cycle. Factory and farm managers, employers, and brands are increasingly acknowledging the issue—which also has an impact on profits and reputation—but do not have the tools to tackle it.
“Policy makers, social partners, multi-stakeholder initiatives and other stakeholders will find it a timely and practical resource.“ Erica van Doorn, Director of the Fair Wear Foundation.
What does the Resource Kit suggest?
The practical strategies suggested in this kit aim at helping all stakeholders implement legislation and human resource management systems, while also promoting new approaches to address gender-based violence in the workplace.
“This new Resource Kit provides valuable background and expert resources, as well as a wealth of case studies and practical strategies to overcome violence against women workers.” Andreas Klemmer, Director of Training Programmes, International Training Centre of the ILO.
The publication of the Resource Kit marks the beginning of detailed discussions by the ILO fora in anticipation of a standard-setting item on the agenda of the International Labour Conference 2018 on ‘Violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work’.
What is the overall structure or the ITCILO Resource Kit on gender-based violence in global supply chains?
The Resource Kit is a multi-purpose package for individual and group learning, as well as for training and awareness-raising activities on issues related to gender-based violence in global supply chains. Its modular structure allows for different uses and makes it suitable for varied target audiences, including trainers and facilitators, representatives from social partners and organisations interested in developing and implementing practical workplace initiatives, advocacy strategies and campaigns.
For further information on the structure and contents of the Resource Kit: http://gbv.itcilo.org