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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FRIDAY, JUNE 21 - A historic instrument on Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work has been adopted (the vote: 439 for, 7 against, 30 abstain) at the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva. This marks a significant victory for informal workers—especially women—whose organizations advocated tirelessly to ensure ILO Convention 190 can protect some of the world’s most vulnerable workers. Read WIEGO's press release

informal worker reps at ILC 2018

HomeNet Thailand delegates ILC 2018

WIEGO's delegation at the ILC included networks of informal workers who advocated for a convention that addresses violence and harassment issues for informal workers.


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.

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

What a Convention will mean to 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.

Follow the ILC live and see all the recorded speeches through the ILO 

Position Papers from Informal Workers' Network

Partner logos ILC 2019

Myrtle Witbooi of IDWF speaks at ILC 2018

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)