Diversitat staff at the 16 Days of Action Morning Tea

Diversitat staff come together for an important discussion around gender based violence

Diversitat has held a staff morning tea to celebrate a historic year for women’s rights. The morning tea was held during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign, which has seen Diveristat join with thousands of organisations worldwide to call for an end to violence against women.

As part of the 16 day campaign, Diversitat has been spreading the message through a series of social media posts each day which are designed to raise awareness and start important conversations around women’s rights.

The morning tea held today celebrates a historic decision on June 21 this year, which saw governments along with representatives of workers and employers from around the world, adopt a new International Labor Organisation (ILO) convention that establishes global standards to end violence and harassment in the world of work.

Staff at the morning tea watched videos highlighting the issues and engaged in a productive conversation about education and prevention of violence and harassment.

The ILO convention is accompanied by a recommendation which provides further guidance for employers, governments and workers for implementation.

The call for ratification and local implementation of the new standards is central to the Global 16 Days of Activism campaign this year.

“It is important to recognize the inextricable link between discrimination and violence. Preventing violence and harassment requires employers and governments to address gender-based discrimination against women,” said Krishanti Dharmaraj, Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL).

A working group consisting of Diversitat staff is working on implementing the new International Labor Organisation (ILO) convention within the organization.