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At this momentous time in history, women around the world are breaking the secrecy and silence around sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. Yet more than one third of the world’s countries have no laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work, leaving nearly 235 million women vulnerable in the workplace. Around the world, CARE works to educate and empower women to advocate for workplace rights. From domestic workers in Ecuador to factory workers in Cambodia, women are fighting for safety and respect. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has the opportunity to end this crisis by adopting an international standard on violence and harassment in the world of work – the first step to building accountability on this issue globally - and changing the narrative for women everywhere.
”When people are silent, the abuse continues. This is why I am sharing my story,” Elizabeth explained to us. Watch, read and learn from women who are bravely breaking the silence to share their experiences with the hope of ending the cycle of abuse.
Workers in Ecuador Unite: Read Their Stories
Sexual abuse and harassment are daily occurrences for many domestic workers. Without legal protection, the violence continues.
Read Arunny's Story
She quit school in 7th grade to go to work. Now a mother and garment factory worker, she is no stranger to sexual harassment at work.
Read Maly's Story
As a factory nurse in Cambodia, she regularly sees the negative ramifications of sexual harassment in her workplace.
Read Maria's Story
After decades of working in exploitive conditions, Maria helped form the Association of Domestic Workers in 2003.
Read Bopha's Story
After only a few months at her job at a garment factory, she has already been insulted, harassed, and assaulted.
Read Neurali's Story
Like many maids in Ecuador, she often has faced long workdays with no workplace protections — routinely exploited, physically and sexually abused.
we need to start respecting women and listening to their stories to end the violence and abuse.
Together, we have power
Like many girls in Ecuador, Alicia left her rural village as a child to work as a live-in maid in neighboring Colombia. Promised a room of her own and good pay, she didn't know the sexual trauma she'd be forced to endure just to earn a living.
approximately one in three women will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime.
world health organization report
We need your voice to join the chorus of women around the world calling for greater protections and an end to harassment and violence in the workplace. Sign the petition to demand legal protections for women everywhere.
See It Happening
This March, CARE members worldwide are participating in #March4Women, a month of activities designed to inspire action and raise the voices of the poorest and most disadvantaged women worldwide. Click on the map to learn more about CARE’s activities.