Convention on Violence and Harassment (No. 190) was discussed in St. Petersburg

On November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women the Confederation of Labor of Russia held a meeting in St. Petersburg with local activists, researchers, and human rights activists on the campaign for ratification of the new ILO Convention No. 190 (K190) concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work. The meeting was opened by KTR President Boris Kravchenko, expressing the Confederation’s firm intention to continue to promote K190, to make maximum efforts to organize a campaign for its ratification by the Russian Federation.


About the problem of gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace in Russia, about the history of adoption C190 and its main content, about the experience of trade unions in combating violence in a workplace, said Julia Ostrovskaya (Center for social and labor rights, Moscow), Natalia Khodyreva (St. Petersburg state University), Olga Miryasova (Institute of sociology, "Teacher" trade Union ), Dmitry Labor and Dmitry Tolchennikov (the Interregional Trade Union Workers Association (ITUWA) Kaluga), and others.

During the discussion, the meeting participants gave examples of unacceptable behavior at work, in particular in field of maritime transport (Svetlana Medvedeva, Seafarers' Union of Russia, Samara), as well as measures to elimination the culture of harassment in film production (Ksenia Leontyeva, Profkino trade union, St. Petersburg). The main conclusion of the discussion is that Russia needs a campaign for ratification of C190, and different forces of society should unite, including trade unions, activist and art groups, journalists, the academic community, and human rights defenders.

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