Violence against women in the workplace: CNV Internationaal report

CNV Internationaal recently published a report on violence against women in the workplace in several countries, among which Indonesia. FWF is initiating projects in the country in 2016.

For Indonesia, the report shows that gender based violence at work is a concern among women workers in the garment industry. Nevertheless, neither workplace violence nor sexual harassment are included in the country’s legislation. In 2011 the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration issued Guidelines on Sexual Harassment Prevention at the Workplace. This document establishes that sexual harassment at work is prohibited. While it is a good start, these measures are not legally binding.

The report then recommends to make legislation dealing with sexual harassment at work priority In the coming five years, one of the strategies of FWF, CNV Internationaal, Mondiaal FNV and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to increase capacities of local organisations for effective lobbying and advocacy. The Strategic Partnership Programme of the four partners will contribute to the legislation process to protect women’s safety at work.

There are currently seven FWF members working in Indonesia with about 20 factories. Most of them are outdoor garments and accessories brands.

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