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Urges the STPS to adopt the protocol against workplace violence against women

jared laurels

Newspaper La Jornada
Friday June 3, 2022, p. eleven

Approximately three out of ten working women have been victims of violence in their workplaces, said the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS).

For this reason, the agency urged companies to adopt a protocol so that they know how to proceed in the event of situations of violence and discrimination against women, as part of the actions to comply with the objective of Convention 190 of the International Organization of Labor (ILO), ratified by the Senate last March.

To date, all work centers in our country are required to have a service protocol and to facilitate its adoption -indicated the STPS-, together with Inmujeres, a model was developed that can be replicated and adapted by companies, even the smallest, regardless of their productive activity.

In an event for the ratification of Convention 190 organized by the Federal Court of Administrative Justice, the agency assured that in the coming weeks the Mexican government will deposit said instrument with the ILO.

This will imply, he noted, that from that date in one year it will enter into force and after two years the first reports must be delivered by Mexico regarding compliance with this ratification.

Citing data from Inegi from 2016, but which is still valid, the labor authority pointed out that the survey revealed that 27 percent of women who have ever worked say they have been victims of violence in their workplaces.

On his occasion, Senator Rafael Espino de la Peña reported that, according to the National Survey of Victimization and Perception of Public Security, at the national level almost 32 percent of women indicated their workplace as the place where they feel most insecure.

Violence and harassment are totally incompatible with decent work and social justice, and also constitute an unacceptable violation of human rightsstressed Pedro Américo Furtado de Oliveira, director of the ILO in Mexico.

For the international organization, the impact of harassment and gender violence in the world of work is undoubtedly severe and entails grave consequences.

In addition to the direct physical and mental impact on those who are subjected to this form of violence, bullying at work also threatens equal treatment and opportunities, safety, health and productive work environments.added the head of the ILO.

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