GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s labor agency has adopted its first convention specifically aimed at reducing violence and harassment in the workplace, with its chief crediting a recent boost from the #MeToo movement.
Delegates exchanged hugs, applauded and whooped in a U.N. conference hall after the International Labor Organization overwhelmingly passed the resolution, which has been some four years in the making.
The ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment was adopted 439-7 with 30 abstentions, a landmark achievement of the ILO’s centennial assembly that ended Friday. The agency unites businesses, labor groups and 187 member states.
ILO director-General Guy Ryder hailed a “most important moment” and said #MeToo had accentuated the “momentum and significance” of the push to adopt the convention.
“The new standards recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment,” he said.