New toolkit for action: How companies can tackle gender based violence in the world of work

Gender Based Violence (GBV) affects 1 in 3 women globally and has been referred to by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as a political ‘global pandemic’ and ‘a mark of shame on all our societies’. A new Business Fights Poverty toolkit has been published to help companies tackle violence and harassment and domestic violence. These two forms of violence can affect employees full and equal participation in the workforce.

The majority of targets of GBV are women, although others are at risk, including members of the LGBTQI community and some men. GBV significantly affects worker wellbeing, resulting in mental health problems, stress, anxiety, loss of self-esteem and motivation. Some situations are so unbearable that women leave their jobs or even take their own lives.

 

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