US BMT Member, Prof. Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Writes OpEd for The Hill

USA | A year after the #MeToo movement started, IAWJ’s Board of Managerial Trustees Member, Prof. Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, along with Rebecca Hughes, published an OpEd for The analyzing the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) proposed “Convention and Recommendations Concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work“.

Through the #Metoo movement women, and men, worldwide

“have called for the laws and policies that govern workplace behavior to be restructured to prevent the violence in the first place. They seek to hold the supervisors, executives and boards who condone perpetrators’ behavior accountable for that sexual misconduct.”

They also want to create a culture change in the workplace, state Bettinger-Lopez and Hughes. They are trying “to foster an environment that rejects patriarchy and sexual violence and embraces gender equality (and that sees these goals as fundamentally interconnected).”

In pursuit of these goals, the ILO is attempting to create the first legally binding international treaty on violence and harassment in the workplace. If ratified, it could potentially

“codify some of the demands of #MeToo into international law.”

The Convention and Recommendations Concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work will be voted on this summer and the authors explain that it “would strengthen and advance the #MeToo movement in three important ways.” First, it would address the normative gaps in law and policy that prevent accountability and encourage the behavior.

“Countries that ratify the treaty would be required to adopt legislation and policies that prevent and address these behaviors, establish and strengthen enforcement mechanisms and ensure access to remedies and support for victims.”

The convention could also ensure that the #MeToo movement reaches all workers, average or low-wage, formal or informal. Finally, it “acknowledges the economic costs of violence and harassment in the world of work.”

“While the proposed ILO convention is groundbreaking, it falls short in one key respect. It does not define gender-based violence and harassment as human rights violations.”

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