EFFAT reiterates its Zero Tolerance policy on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Gender-based violence and harassment persist as a dire reality in many workplaces across the European Union, representing both a cause and a consequence of inequality between men and women. In response to this urgent problem, EFFAT has prioritized the fight against gender-based violence and sexual harassment in recent years.

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, EFFAT reaffirms its commitment to combating gender-based violence and harassment in its sectors. In line with this year’s theme, “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now”, EFFAT stands in solidarity with women, advocating change and taking concrete steps towards a safer, more egalitarian working environment.

Today, EFFAT is relaunching the “EFFAT Zero Tolerance” recommendations to combat sexual harassment and violence in the workplace,  which focus on comprehensive strategies to combat gender-based violence and promote safe and inclusive workplaces in EFFAT’s sectors

These comprehensive guidelines focus on awareness campaigns, data collection, collective bargaining of preventive measures and the development of robust policies and protocols. EFFAT calls for legislative improvements, training programs and attention to the unique challenges faced by domestic workers. The organization aims to create safe and inclusive workplaces through European legislation, guidelines and ongoing projects.

In addition, EFFAT focuses on the prevention of sexual harassment in transnational companies, recognizing the need for a holistic approach to combat this ever-present problem. The recent agreement with Sodexo and the IUF and Sodexo Group is paramount to create a framework with specific measures to implement policies that mitigate the impacts of domestic violence.

International Labor Convention 190 (C190) remains a key instrument in our fight against gender-based violence. This convention is a powerful tool in our project, facilitating the assessment of its current implementation while guiding the formulation of recommendations at national level.

EFFAT remains committed to taking part, organising collective action, and working towards a future where violence against women is eradicated and equality prevails.



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