Cooperative For Assistance And Relief Everywhere, Inc. (CARE)

Made by Women: Ending Violence and Harassment at Work

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Cooperative For Assistance And Relief Everywhere, Inc. (CARE)

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Project Summary

More than 800 million women around the world have experienced violence and harassment, many in their places of work, yet it remains one of the most tolerated violations of human rights. The #MeToo movement and the recent adoption of new global legislation aiming to end violence and harassment at work demonstrate that now is the pivotal time to take action. CARE will reduce violence and harassment by 50% in 1,000 workplaces across eight countries in Asia. We will introduce prevention policies and systems in workplaces, strengthen the movement to end violence and harassment, and support governments to enact progressive policies. Change in all these areas is required to achieve transformative, sustainable impact. CARE’s solution will ensure women’s right to live a life free from violence and access the full economic benefits of work, resulting in improved physical and mental health and economic empowerment for millions of women and their families.

Problem Statement

More than 800 million women around the world have experienced violence and harassment, many in their places of work. In Asia, the growth of manufacturing has created unprecedented employment opportunities for women, but has also placed them at high risk of violence and harassment. Violence and harassment in the workplace disproportionately affect women and those in marginalized work situations. It takes a profound physical and psychological toll including post-traumatic stress, depression and poor physical health; and contributes directly to the gender wage gap and losses in women’s earning potential. Its wider impact includes increased stress and loss of income within families, and significant losses in productivity and profitability for employers and economies totaling billions of dollars annually. Violence and harassment of women in the workplace is hidden and under-reported. It is fueled by entrenched gender inequality in societies which normalizes violence against women. This can be seen in the lack of prevention policies and systems in workplaces, the absence of effective laws and services preventing violence and harassment at work, and the continued suppression of women’s voices to report cases and speak up for their rights. Eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work in practice requires change not just in workplaces, but also in social norms and public policy, all of which must be underpinned by a strong movement for change driven by women themselves. Change in only one of these domains will have a limited impact, allowing this global injustice to persist.

Solution Overview

CARE will:1.Partner with employers to scale a Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention Model (WPM), which establishes an HR policy, process and training package in workplaces. CARE will also develop standard operating procedures which employers can use to adopt good practice more widely. 2.Strengthen the movement to end violence and harassment, by establishing groups of women workers (known as EKATA), supporting the ongoing activities of women’s rights organizations, and challenging the harmful perceptions about women that normalize violence and harassment. 3.Advocate to governments to ratify ILO Convention 190 Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work (C190) and implement in national law, to ensure workers are protected by progressive public policy and services. CARE will also establish a monitoring group of government, employer and worker representatives to put the convention into action.CARE will target eight countries in Asia where the growth of manufacturing has created employment opportunities for women but at high risk of violence and harassment. CARE’s solution will reduce the prevalence of violence and harassment by 50% in 1,000 workplaces over 5 years, supporting safer workplaces for approximately 1 million women, whilst our advocacy and movement building work will enable broader, national-level change. We will support women and their families to access the full economic benefits of work and ensure their right to live a life free from violence. CARE’s solution will also benefit employers and the national economy through improved productivity and reduced worker absenteeism.

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Project Funders

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  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • European Commission

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