WIEGO at the International Labour Conference

June 8, 2019 - June 21, 2019

108th Session of the International Labour Conference:  Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

ILO Headquarters - Geneva, Switzerland

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informal worker reps at ILC 2018

Violence and harassment in the world of work …is a threat to the dignity, health and well-being of those who experience it and to their families. It undermines working environments and labour relations, jeopardizes productivity and damages enterprise reputation. At present, no ILO standards define “violence and harassment”, delineate the scope of “the world of work”, or provide guidance on how to prevent and address it. 

ILO Standards Setting Committee on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

HomeNet Thailand delegates ILC 2018This year, the International Labour Conference (ILC) will discuss a historic instrument on Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work that has been tabled for adoption. WIEGO and networks of informal workers engaged in discussions last year at the ILC and will be there again this year to advocate for a convention that addresses violence and harassment issues for informal workers.


WIEGO’s Network Partners have been working across sectors with a range of informal workers and their organizations. This has included organizing affiliates at national and regional levels to share strategies, develop plans and engage in action.

Watch StreetNet International President Lorraine Sibanda's statement at the ILC.

Watch the statement of Sonia George, representing SEWA and WIEGO at the ILC.

Position Papers from Informal Workers' Network

Partner logos ILC 2019

Myrtle Witbooi of IDWF speaks at ILC 2018

Events where WIEGO Partners will be present

08-09 June: Prior to the ILC Opening Sessions, WIEGO will carry out two workshops to prepare member delegates.

11 June: Nordic School: Transition to Formality/Green Jobs) & Violence at Work

4 June: Swiss wisde women’s strike, organized by trade unions; Member delegates invited to speak

16 June: International Domestic Workers Day


How the ILC Works

During the annual two-week ILC session, delegates (representing employers’ organizations, trade unions and government officials of Member States) gather to discuss international labour standards. Informal worker representatives from the domestic worker, home-based worker, street-vendor and waste picker sectors will participate as observers and as part of the worker group to ensure the voice of informal workers is heard.

This year WIEGO will join efforts with our Network partners from IDWF, StreetNet International, HomeNet South Asia, SEWA and IUF in sending delegations to bring the voices and experiences of the most marginalized workers, and hence the most at risk of violence and harassment in the world of work.

It is expected that the ILC will vote on whether to adopt a Convention on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work. View a diagram on the ILO Standard Setting Procedure (pdf).

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Celebrating 100 Years of ILO and the Future of Work

This ILC will mark the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Discussions on the Future of Work, “green” work, and other relevant topics will be held.

In this position paper, WIEGO congratulates the ILO and makes the case for the including the majority of today's workers as crucial to the future of work.

More on the Future of Work

WIEGO's Delegation to the ILC

Our delegation includes:

  • street vendors from StreetNet International’s executive
  • home-based workers: the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India, HomeNet South
    Asia, and Cooperativa MAESOL of Brazil
  • waste pickers (recicladores) from Colombia

WIEGO’s ally, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), is bringing a strong
delegation to highlight the persistent violence and harassment that domestic workers face on the job.


  • Sofia Trevino
    (onsite in Geneva): +1 613-290-5258
    (English and Spanish)
  • Demetria
    Tsoutouras (in Ottawa): +1 +613 882 3364; demetria.tsoutouras@wiego.org  (English and Spanish)