International Labour Organisation: CAP Intl coordinates successful initiative by 85 abolitionist NGOs
One of CAP Intl's four strategic campaigns works to advocate for access to decent work, in collaboration with its trade union allies.
Within this context, we followed the International Labour Conference (ILC) which took place in early June in Geneva, Switzerland. There were developments in the ongoing negotiations on developing standard setting tools to combat violence and sexual harassment in the workplace.
85 NGOs working for women’s rights and against gender-based violence successfully called on the ILO Standard Setting Committee to refrain from using language of “sex work” or “sex workers” in the ILC Conclusions on ending violence and harassment in the world of work. Read the letter.
CAP Intl member organisation Iniciativa Pro Equidad de Genero coordinated a comment and response to successfully block the proposal submitted by two Colombian unions. As an alliance of advocates, survivors of the sex trade and organizations dedicated to end human traffic and sexual exploitation in Colombia, from a human rights and gender equality perspective, they highlighted that the proposal was not representative of their country. On the contrary, it failed to recognize the very key issue of the Convention, which is understanding harassment as a form of gender based violence.
Video: Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Development Talks
On 18 April, CAP International participated alongside its South African member, Embrace Dignity, in the SIDA Development Talks in Stockholm on “The story of sexual exploitation” within the context of the discussion “Human trafficking – the slavery of our time”. Watch the video recording.