Module 7
Practical workplace initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and violence

Learning Objective

This module provides information and resources for participants to:

  • Review effective practical initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the world of work.
  • Consider and integrate women’s sexual and reproductive health in occupational safety and health workplace policies and practices.

This module contains:

Two briefings:

  • Briefing 7.1 - Creating inclusive and dignified workplaces, including safe spaces for reporting and effective mechanisms for seeking redress
  • Briefing 7.2 - Integrating gender-based violence into occupational safety and health

Three case studies of practical workplace initiatives:

  • Case Study 7.1: Employers in Pakistan committed to implementing Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010
  • Case Study 7.2: The South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union: Worker Health Programme
  • Case Study 7.3: Social dialogue examples from the transport sector on changing men’s behaviour

Three Learning Activities:

  • Learning Activity 7.1: Making the arguments for a Sexual Harassment Policy in a garment factory or on a tomato farm
  • Learning Activity 7.2: Setting up an Sexual harassment committee
  • Learning Activity 7.3: Negotiating for sexual harassment to be included in occupational safety and health policies

Target audiences

This module will be of particular interest to:

  • Employers’ organizations and trade unions at local, national and international level
  • Trainers of managers and workers in factories and farms in global supply chains
  • Local trade unions and NGOs supporting worker education
  • Multi-stakeholder initiatives and CSR stakeholders
  • Occupational safety and health specialists and factory inspectors
  • Women’s sexual and reproductive health programmes
  • Legal and government agencies, women’s support workers
  • International and local development programme planners