#AllWomenWork welcomes commitments to ratify ILO Convention 190

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Argentina, Finland, Spain and Uruguay are some of the countries who have formally expressed their commitment to ratify the ILO Convention 190 on Gender Based Violence and Harassment. All have presented their intention to initiate an internal process to approve the convention within their respective legislative assemblies. For the convention to enter into force, at least two countries need to #ratifyC190

Among other countries who also expressed their intention to ratify Convention 190 to ILO are: Namibia, Zambia, Peru, Costa Rica, Canada, Belgium, Iceland, Montenegro, Italy and Vanuatu

There are also countries intending to ratify and carrying out a pre-analysis of whether the law is in compliance. They are: Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Tunisia, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Moldavia, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, Fiji, Malaysia, and Samoa

Finally, there are countries with a general interest to ratify C190. These are: Mauritius, South Africa, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Ukraine, Jordan, Columbia and Panama

The Convention defines violence and harassment as “a range of unacceptable behaviours and practices” that “aim at, result in, or are likely to result in physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm”. It covers everyone who works, including interns or apprentices and persons who exercise the duties or authority of an employer, and applies to the public and private sectors, the formal and informal economy, as well as urban and rural areas.


The campaign welcomes the commitments expressed by countries to ratify the convention 190. It is an important step towards the fight against gender based violence at work. However, commitments must be transformed into action.

As the ratification process continues, the #AllWomenWork Campaign will keep its efforts in pushing governments to make sure more countries commit to and ratify ILO Convention 190, with policies and legislations to end gender based violence in the world of work.