‘New labour standards crucial to fight violence and harassment at workplace’



Keeping in line with this year’s theme of 16 days of activism campaign against gender-based violence (), the International Labour Organisation () Country Office for Nepal organised a virtual workshop on ‘Preventing and Responding to Violence and Harassment in the World of Work’ on Monday.

The objective of the workshop was to strengthen participants’ on what constitutes violence and harassment, and on key elements of the Violence and Harassment Convention (No 190) and its accompanying Recommendation (No 206) adopted in June 2019.

The workshop also reviewed Nepal’s progress on national legal and framework and good practices on GBV prevention and response. Over 40 including representatives of ILO tripartite partners, UN agencies, civil society organisations, and media participated at the virtual event.

Workplace violence and harassment is a significant and on-going threat to worker’s health and safety, as well as to organisational productivity and reputation. In today’s context, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the already existing incidences of GBV.

“Fighting against violence and harassment in the world of work is at the heart of ILO’s efforts,” Richard Howard, director of ILO Country Office, has been quoted as saying in a media release issued today.

“Violence and harassment in the world of work is therefore the antithesis of decent work.

It is a threat to the dignity, health and well-being of those who experience it, and for their families. Addressing violence and harassment is

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