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Gender Based Violence

European Trade Unions lead the Way on tackling violence against women at home and at work - details here

Congress event on domestic violence and the work place - Belfast December 2016

See Cosc website with information on their new awareness raising campaign - What would you do?

Read the Congress submission on the issue of Domestic Violence to the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.  

Domestic Violence and the Workplace research report and NICICTU publication "Domestic Violence is a workplace issue".

Congress is a supporter of both the Man Up Campaign - Make Ireland safest place for women and children and the White Ribbon Campaign and participated in the White Ribbon Ambassadors Reception 25th November 2015 and the Man up and He for She reception in Aras an Uachtaran in March 2016

Congress Violence against Women Workplace Guidelines

On the occasion of the UN International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women (25th November 2009), Congress has launched a revised set of guidelines for trade unions in order to assist women at work who are experiencing domestic violence. Joint Chair of the Congress Womens Committee, Clare Tracy stated: "The workplace can play a key role on raising awareness about domestic abuse. We know for many women work is a place of safety where they may confide in others about their experiences and where they can access help" Congress and its affiliates have been campaigning over the last few years to ensure that domestic abuse is seen as an issue that unions can - and - should be doing something about for women who are affected by violence at home. Joint Chair of the Womens Committee, Taryn Trainor added: "work too is likely to suffer unless women get the support they need. Congress urges employers to cooperate with unions in developing a common approach to domestic abuse in the workplace." It is intended that this Guide be used in a practical way to give information, ideas and contacts to union representatives in the workplace and to enable them to give consistent and effective assistance to those suffering domestic abuse. Please visit Womens Aid site for more information on the 16 day campaign, Breaking the Silence around domestic violence.

The guidelines are one of many trade union initiatives around the world to say "no to violence against women and girls" and to mobilize against the impunity of that violence around the world. These activities are taking place in the context of the UN Secretary-General's campaign 'UNiTE to End Violence against Women' and the Global Unions Campaign 'Decent Work, Decent Life for Women'. "Violence against women at work is a serious problem, just as it is in society generally. Trade unions are campaigning on both fronts, to get rid of it in the workplace and in the community," said ITUC General Secretary Guy Ryder, "Inequality and pervasive discrimination against women and girls are at the core of the problem, providing an environment where violence is tolerated or even encouraged." Read more about ITUC initiatives. UNI have a particulalry interesting site.

2004 Congress guide to domestic violence and the workplace

Sexual Harassment / Harassment

Congress negotitaed this CODE OF PRACTICE ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND HARASSMENT AT WORK (revised in 2012) - here

Useful Links

National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Cosc is the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence. We were established in June 2007. Cosc is an Irish word and means "to stop" or "to prevent". Cosc was established in June 2007 with the key responsibility to ensure the delivery of a well co-ordinated "whole of government" response to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. The work of Cosc covers issues relating to domestic and sexual violence against women and men, including older people in the community. One of Cosc's primary tasks has been the development of a National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based violence. The Strategy was approved by the Government on 9th February 2010 and Cosc will now focus on ensuring its implementation. A second strategy was launched in January 2016

Domestic violence workplace rights and entitlements Project:

A project of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse (ADFVC), this Project seeks to inform Australian unions and employers about domestic violence issues for employees and to promote the introduction of domestic violence provisions in enterprise agreements using the new Fair Work framework. More here

Joint Consortium on Gender Based Violence

A group of Irish human rights, humanitarian and development agencies and two Irish government departments have joined together to form the Joint Consortium on Gender Based Violence. Its overall aim is to promote the adoption of a coherent and coordinated response to gender based violence (GBV).

Womens Aid

Women's Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working to address the issue of domestic violence in Ireland for more than 35 years. In this time, the organisation has built up a huge body of experience and expertise on the issue, enabling them to best support women and share this knowledge with other agencies responding to women experiencing domestic violence.

SAFE Ireland

SAFE IRELAND, through its members, creates safe spaces for women and children. They seek the involvement of civic society "in taking on its responsibilities to assert the right to a safe home, a safe community, a safe county, a safe country and a safe world for women, children and men".

'Together we can end violence against women and girls'

TUC response to the Home Office Consultation on violence against women The TUC welcomed the recognition by the Government within this consultation on the need for an integrated strategy and the use of the UN definition of VAW. The TUC went on to express concern about the consultation's silence on issues relating to violence in the workplace and stated that sustainable, long term, funding continues to be a big barrier in delivering adequate provision and delivery of support services for women experiencing violence.