International Gender Champion Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, said he supported Harassment Free Assemblies at the 2018 International Labour Conference!
It goes without saying that here at conference, we will and must conduct our work at the highest levels of ethical standards and respect for all. The ILO itself is acting vigorously to ensure zero tolerance of harassment in our own organization is not merely a slogan, but a reality.
he said at the opening of the International Labour Conference on 28th May 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Watch his opening speech here:
International Geneva is a symbol of dialogue, peace, and human rights. We need to create a change in the mindsets, change the culture and create a safe environment for all free of stigma, sexism and violence. This starts with each of us, in our workplaces, in our homes, in our communities. Because unless we tackle sexual harassment and abuse, the best policies and initiatives aimed to achieve gender equality will not deliver the progress we require – there will be a limiting behavioural force holding people back.
As leaders, we can set the tone in our organizations and we can take a stand to eliminate it in our workplaces. Let’s lead by making time’s up for harassment a reality.
- Guy Ryder's interview by CNN Money Switzerland, 29 May 2018
- The Women at Work initiative: The push for equality, Report of the ILO Director-General, 14 May 2018
- Ending violence and harassment in the world of work, ILO Conference paper, March 2018
- ILC's Standard Setting Committee on violence and harassment in the world of work