Traditional and religious leaders urge government to ratify ILO C190

Traditional and religious authorities in the Haut-Est region called on the government to ratify and implement the provisions of Convention 190 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to protect workers against abuse and harassment in order to promote decent work.

This, they said, would fill gaps in the country’s laws, especially the labor law and regulations, and help create an enabling environment for workers, especially women, to enjoy decent working conditions. and dignity.

ILO C190 on Violence and Harassment is an international declaration that was adopted by the global community on June 21, 2019, and it aims to eliminate all forms of violence, intimidation and harassment at workplaces. work and guarantee better conditions of service to workers.

The convention to which Ghana is a signatory also aims to strengthen workers’ rights and freedoms and prevent employers from taking advantage of their employees.

Traditional and religious leaders made the appeal in Bolgatanga after a dialogue session facilitated by the Young Urban Women Movement (YUWM) with financial support from Acton Aid Ghana, a non-governmental organization.

The leaders explained that sexual harassment and abuse were real in the workplace, especially in the informal sector, and violated basic human rights and the dignity of workers.

Reverend Dominic Ziba, chief pastor of Holy Ghost Temple Assemblies of God in Bolgatanga, who read a statement on behalf of traditional and religious leaders, noted that women were most affected and the situation needed attention. urgently needed to reverse the trend.

He said the country’s laws disapprove of harassment and abuse in the workplace and that the ratification and effective implementation of ILO C190 would effectively tackle the phenomenon as it would punish the perpetrators.

“While congratulating President Nana Akufo-Addo for the efforts made to protect the rights of workers, especially women, we humbly call on the President to take priority action to ratify ILO Convention 190 which aims to eliminate all forms of violence and harassment in the workplace.

“We believe that the ILO convention will fill the gaps in our labor law and other statutory laws that aim to tackle abuse of workers. Once again, joining the list of countries that have ratified the convention will enhance our image as a member of the ILO and put us on the right track to end the problem of violence and harassment in the workplace ” , he said.

Ms. Dorcas Zoogah, YUWM Regional President, noted that the movement which included young women was under the umbrella of Action Aid Ghana.

She said the movement, which included around 5,000 young women and around 1,500 young women from the Upper East region, had worked and advocated to influence policy direction to address the challenges facing growth and l empowerment of young Ghanaian women.

She said that over the years the movement, with the support of Action Aid Ghana, has championed issues of unpaid care work, sexual and reproductive health rights and the ratification of C190 of ILO to combat harassment and abuse in the workplace.

“The ratification and effective implementation of C190 and Regulation 206 would be essential to combat violence and harassment in the world of work, and in particular the prevalence of gender-based violence”.

Mr. Yakubu Akuka, Regional Programs Officer for Upper East, Action Aid Ghana, called on all stakeholders to join the campaign to compel the government to ratify and implement ILO C190 to promote decent work.

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