7 May 2021 from 1:00 PM (UTC+7)

APWLD and allies are organising an online rally in solidarity with women workers across Asia and the Pacific protesting against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in workplaces. In Asia and the Pacific, sexual harassment and violence against women workers exists in alarming numbers. UNFPA reports 3-47.30 percent of women workers experience sexual violence perpetrated by non-partners, including co-workers and supervisors. However, according to our findings, GBV at the workplace is much higher. It negates gender equality and undermines the dignity of women workers. GBV is pervasive, including in the workplaces, and it must end with zero-tolerance and with accountability to survivors/victims.

In June 2019, ILO Convention 190 (C190) and Recommendation 206 (R206) were adopted, as a result of the long fight by workers and unions globally. These labour standards provide a global framework to prevent and eliminate workplace violence and harassment as well as provide access to remedy for the survivors/victims. Since the adoption of ILO C190 and R206, formal collective demands have been made by many trade union confederations for governments around the world to #RatifyC190. However, the ratification rate is very low, especially in Asia and the Pacific.

It is time for us to drum up a solidarity campaign and action for the implementation of C190 and R206, bring the power back into the hands of the workers, and achieve a feminist workplace with zero gender-based violence. Join us as we rage and protest in solidarity with more than 50 women workers from 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific demanding ratification of ILO C190 in their countries.



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The protest is 3.5 hours online event where 50 women workers from 20 countries around Asia and the Pacific will share speeches, solidarity messages, and chants demanding an end to gender-based violence in workplaces and calling on the governments to ratify C190. The session will be opened by Misun Woo, Regional Coordinator, APWLD followed by an open dialogue on “Ratify ILO Convention 190 and End GBV in All Forms at Workplace and Everywhere”.

Opening Speakers

Daisy Arago, Executive Director, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights, Philippines

Eva B. Arcos, Co-Chair of Women’s Committee, IndustriALL Global Union

Fish Ip, Regional Coordinator Asia, International Domestic Workers Federation

Bandana Pattnaik, International Coordinator, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

Nalini Singh, Executive Director, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement

Check out the fierce feminists sharing speeches, solidarity messages, and chants as they demand ratification of C190!

Women Workers from South Asia

  • Nazma Akhter, AWAJ Foundation, Bangladesh
  • Jannatul Mouwa, BINDU, Bangladesh
  • Rowshon Ara, Naripokkho, Bangladesh
  • Sunzida Sultana, KARMOJIBI NARI, Bangaldesh
  • Farhana Afrin Tithi, KARMOJIBI NARI, Bangladesh
  • S. Thivyarakini Sesuraj, Tamilnadu Textile and Common Labour Union, India
  • Sujata Mody, Penn Thozhilalargal Sangam, India
  • Sangeeta Tete, All Adivasi Women ‘s Association of Assam, India
  • Srijana Pun Magar, Women Forum for Women in Nepal, Nepal
  • Ashila Dandeniya, Stand Up Movement Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Zinara Rathnayake, Stand Up Movement Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Padmini Weerasooriya, Women’s Centre, Sri Lanka
  • Paramitha Weerasekara, Women’s Centre, Sri Lanka
  • Irfana Qureshi, Home Based Labour Union, Pakistan
  • Abira Ashfaq, Home Based Labour Union, Pakistan
  • Ume Laila Azhar, HOMENET, Pakistan

Women Workers from East Asia

  • Eni Lestari, International Migrant Alliance, Hong Kong
  • Sring Atin, Indonesian Migrant Workers Union, Hong Kong
  • Kyungjin Oh, Korea Women’s Associations United, South Korea

Women Workers from South East Asia

  • Panchakna, WORKERS’ Information Centre, Cambodia
  • Hang Pham, Research Centre for Gender, Family and Environment in Development, Vietnam
  • Mylene Cabalona, BPO Industry Employees’ Network, The Philippines
  • Kamz Deligente, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights, The Philippines
  • Maura Hipolio, Women Wise, The Philippines
  • Joanna Concepcion, Migrante International, The Philippines
  • Brenda Yasay, Kilusan ng Manggagawang Kababaihan, The Philippines
  • Mary Ann Castillo, Nexperia Workers’ Union and Metal Workers Alliance, The Philippines
  • Shanti Uprety, International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, Malaysia
  • Kampong Kampitoon, Chemical Workers Union Alliance, Thailand
  • Mai Mai, MAP Foundation, Thailand
  • Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Sustainable Development Foundation, Thailand
  • Dian Septi Trisnanti, Federasi Serikat Persatuan Buruh Indonesia/Federation of United Indonesian Trade Union, Indonesia
  • Jumisih, Federasi Serikat Persatuan Buruh Indonesia/Federation of United Indonesian Trade Union, Indonesia
  • Triana Kurnia, Serikat Perempuan Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Kartika Sari, Progress, Indonesia
  • Lita Anggraini, Jaringan Nasional Advokasi Pekerja Rumah Tangga/National Network for Domestic Workers’ Advocacy, Indonesia
  • Dinda Nuurannisaa Yura, Solidaritas Perempuan, Indonesia
  • Karsiwen, Keluarga Besar Buruh Migran Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Nur Aini, Serikat Pekerja Media dan Industri Kreatif untuk Demokrasi, Indonesia
  • Luviana,, Indonesia

Women Workers from Pacific

  • Nalini Singh, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, Fiji
  • Sis Melia Vuki, Fiji Trade Union Congress, Fiji
  • Shamima Ali, Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, Fiji
  • Wilma Kosi, Papua New Guinea Trade Union Congress, Papua New Guinea

Language interpretation available in Bahasa, Tagalog, Bengali, Tamil, Thai, Hindi, and Khmer. Register here to join us 7 May 2021 at 1:00 PM (UTC+7) for Workers Run The World! You can also catch live stream of the event on Facebook.