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Gap Analysis of Sri Lankan Law: the Elimination of Violence & Harassment in the World of Work

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Introduction:


Convention 190 Concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of

Work was adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) at its 108th

Conference on 21 June 2019. No international treaty existed until now that dealt with the

issue of violence and harassment in the world of work, and the Convention therefore fills

a regulatory gap and brings in some uniform terminology to enable member states to

formalize concepts within their jurisdictions. Acknowledging that violence and

harassment in the world of work affects a person‟s psychological, physical and sexual

health, dignity, and family and social environment, the Conference recognized that

violence and harassment at work also affects the quality of public and private services,

and may prevent persons, particularly women, from accessing, and remaining and

advancing in the labour market. Such violence also often constitutes discrimination

against women and girls, as well as other disadvantaged groups of workers.


Although both women and men are subjected to violence and harassment in the world of

work, social status and power structures in the workplace are more likely to cause women

to be far more exposed to violence and harassment. The International Trade Union

Confederation notes that “gender-based violence remains one of the most tolerated

violations of workers‟ human rights. According to statistics, 35% of women - 818 million

women globally - over the age of 15 have experienced sexual or physical violence at

home, in their communities or in the workplace.”1.....


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