Community Response

Workplace Violence and Harassment

The ILO-LRF-Gallup survey is the first global exploratory exercise to measure people's own experiences of violence and harassment at work across the world.

The report sheds light on the magnitude and frequency of violence and harassment at work, its primary forms, the main barriers that prevent people from talking about it, and the groups most likely to be affected by it, such as youth and migrants.

According to a joint analysis by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF), and Gallup, more than 1 in 5 people in employment have experienced violence and harassment at work, whether physical, psychological, or sexual.

  • Psychological violence and harassment were the most common experience. This form of workplace violence and harassment includes insults, threats, bullying, or intimidation.
  • Men than women more commonly experience physical violence and harassment at work. The most common encounter included forms of physical violence and harassment.
  • While more women than men experience sexual violence and harassment, including unwanted sexual touching, comments, pictures, e-mails, or sexual requests and marking the largest gender difference in violence and harassment at work.

The report noted that some individuals, especially those facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, experience higher prevalence rates of workplace harassment and violence.

  • Women are at greater risk than men
  • Younger people
  • Migrants

According to ILO, several factors prevent victims from discussing and reporting their experiences.

  • Fear of stigmatization
  • Lack of knowledge of reporting and monitoring systems
  • Normalization of violence and harassment
  • Risks associated with re-victimization or retaliation

The ILO-LRF-Gallup report came up with the following recommendations.

  • Regular collection of robust data on violence and harassment at work, at national, regional, and global levels
  • Extended and updated mechanisms "to effectively prevent and manage violence and harassment in the world of work, including through labor inspection systems and occupational safety and health policies and programs
  • Increased awareness of violence and harassment at work
  • Capacity-building of institutions at all levels to deliver effective prevention, remediation, and support

In November 2022, Philippine lawmakers called for the ratification of the ILO Convention 190 (C-190), the Convention Concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work, as the treaty addresses the special concerns on the vulnerability of women in the workplace.

Check out these links to learn more about the report and the Philippine government's latest response to workplace violence and harassment.

ILO-LRF-Gallup report
House panel adopts resolutions calling for ratification of ILO C190
This project is supported by The Asia Foundation in cooperation with the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
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