#ILO; #sexualHarassment, #workplaceViolence, #internationalLabourStandards, #Uruguay
New York/Geneva, Jun 13 (Canadian-Media): ILO’s landmark Convention No. 190, on violence and harassment in the work environment, has received its first ratification, taking it a step closer to entering into force, ILO reported on June 12.
Ricardo González Arenas, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations in Geneva, deposited the instrument of ratification with ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in a virtual ceremony.Image credit: ILO
Uruguay has become the first country to ratify the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) , a year after it was adopted by the International Labour Conference.
Ricardo González Arenas, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations in Geneva, deposited the instrument of ratification with ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, in a virtual ceremony.
With only two ratifications needed for Convention No. 190 to enter into force, this first ratification represents an important step in the process.
“Uruguay considers that the cross-cutting nature of Convention No.190 makes it a very useful tool to improve the legal and labor relations framework already existing in the country,” said González Arenas. “These instruments correlate with the challenges of the future of work, which are linked to workers’ increased mobility, the diversification of employment contracts and the impact of new information and communication technologies in labour relations. Adapting to the most modern dynamics of our societies, where factors such as competitiveness, innovation, lifelong learning and efficacy have an unquestionable relevance, requires additional instruments to ensure that workers are protected and their rights respected.”
Convention No. 190 is the first international treaty to address violence and harassment in the world of work.
Together with Recommendation No. 206 , it provides a common framework for action and a unique opportunity to shape a future of work based on dignity and respect, and underlines the right of everyone to a world free from violence and harassment. It includes the first international definition of violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence.
“Uruguay considers that the cross-cutting nature of Convention No.190 makes it a very useful tool to improve the legal and labour relations framework already existing in the country. These instruments correlate with the challenges of the future of work."
Ricardo González Arenas, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations in Geneva
The Convention applies to the public and private sectors, formal and informal economies, and urban and rural areas. It protects everyone in the world of work, irrespective of their contractual status.
The Convention also requires ratifying member States to adopt, in consultation with representative employers’ and workers’ organizations, an inclusive, integrated and gender-responsive approach to preventing and eliminating violence and harassment, through prevention, protection and enforcement measures and remedies, as well as guidance, training and awareness-raising.
It also recognizes the different and complementary roles and functions of governments, employers and workers and their respective organizations, taking into account the varying nature and extent of their responsibilities. The Convention and Recommendation also reaffirm ILO’s crucial standard-setting role. They are tangible evidence of the enduring value and strength of social dialogue and tripartism, which will be essential in implementing them at national level.
González Arenas referred to “Uruguay’s long-lasting tradition and strong commitment to the multilateral system and, particularly, to the ILO”. He described the ILO as a normative tripartite organization that helps countries improve their citizens’ living conditions and achieve balanced industrial relations where the interests of all social partners are duly protected.
“The framework provided by Convention No. 190 is, more than ever, of utmost importance during the current COVID-19 pandemic... Convention No. 190 has a crucial role in shaping a human-centered response and recovery that tackles injustice and supports the building of a better normal, free from violence and harassment, " Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General said.
“For all these reasons, the national parliament approved the instrument on 17 December 2019 and, by passing Law 19.849, and depositing the instrument of ratification, Uruguay has become the first country to ratify this Convention,” he said.
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, thanked the Uruguyan President, Luis Lacalle Pou, for his country’s ratification. “The framework provided by Convention No. 190 is, more than ever, of utmost importance during the current COVID-19 pandemic, since many forms of work-related violence and harassment have been reported across countries since the outbreak began,” Ryder said. “Convention No. 190 has a crucial role in shaping a human-centered response and recovery that tackles injustice and supports the building of a better normal, free from violence and harassment. The ratification also reflects Uruguay’s longstanding commitment to the ILO’s mission, as well as its intention to make clear that violence and harassment in the world of work will not be tolerated. It is hoped that other countries will follow suit.”
Uruguay was also the first ILO member State to ratify the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) , which was the last ILO Convention to be adopted, prior to Convention No. 190.
#FirstNationsSummit; #SexualAssault; #B.C.
Prince George (B.C.), Nov 14 (Canadian-Media): According to an announcement by B.C. Prosecution Service, Ed John, 70, a leader of the First Nations Summit and former British Columbia cabinet minister, had been accused of four counts of sexual assault with a female without her consent, dating back to 1974 in Prince George, B.C. media reports said.
Sexual intercourse with a female without her consent is a charge that existed in the 1974 version of the Criminal Code of Canada.
His first appearance is scheduled for Dec. 10 in provincial court in Prince George.
There have been a number of revisions to the code since then, and that charge no longer exists under the current code.
According to the BCPS, special prosecutor Michael Klein was appointed on Feb. 22 by Assistant Deputy Attorney General Peter Juk to look into the allegations and assess whether charges should be laid.
New York, Nov 1 (Canadian-Media): “An inspiration to all of us” is how top Police Adviser Luis Carrilho, described this year’s winner of the UN Female Police Officer of the Year Award, which was announced on Friday.
Women gather at a women's centre in Kuma Garadayat, constructed by UNAMID peacekeepers from Senegal, in 2012. This centre is one of six development projects, known as Quick Impact Projects, carried out by the Mission in the areas of education, sanitation. Credit: UN Photo/Albert González Farran
“An inspiration to all of us” is how top Police Adviser Luis Carrilho, described this year’s winner of the UN Female Police Officer of the Year Award, which was announced on Friday.
Major Seynabou Diouf, of the Senegal National Police, leads a task force that helps to prevent and end sexual exploitation and abuse with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in Goma, North Kivu.
She also manages the UN Police Women’s Network, which connects female officers for mentoring, training, professional development and mutual support.
In choosing Major Diouf, out of 30 nominees from eight missions, the selection committee commended her exemplary service as having a direct and positive impact.
Through her work to support survivors of sexual violence through the UN Police Women’s Network in MONUSCO, along with her initiatives to strengthen community-oriented policing with the Congolese National Police, Major Diouf embodies the spirit of the award and the core values of the Organization”, Police Adviser Carrilho asserted.
Major Diouf said it was “a deep honour” to receive the award, stressing that “it means a lot to me”.
“Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse is a priority for me and my team and for my mission”, she underscored. “And I believe that our efforts are paying off”.
While the award-winner noted that “not a single allegation” had been recorded against MONUSCO police this year, she said there was no room for complacency.
“But we can always do more”, Major Diouf said. “We need to continue doing everything we can to ensure that this number remains at zero and victims of abuse receive the support they deserve”.
The UN Female Police Officer of the Year award was established in 2011 to recognize the exceptional contributions of female police officers to UN peacekeeping and to promote the empowerment of women.
Major Diouf’s previous UN experience includes deployments with the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), where she addressed misconduct and welfare issues.
She also served with the Senegal National Police for 33 years.
Senegal is the largest contributor of police to UN peace operations, whose nearly 10,000 officers help to enhance international peace and security by supporting Member States in conflict, post-conflict and other crisis situations.
It is also among the top five contributors of female police officers.
While more than 1,400 female police officers currently serve in UN peace operations, by 2028, the Organization is aiming to bring the level among individual officers who are women up to 30 per cent, and 20 per cent more among formed police units.
The award will be presented at a ceremony on 5 November at UN Headquarters in New York during the 14th UN Police Week, when heads of UN police components and police experts from 14 peacekeeping operations, special political missions and regional offices, will discuss topics related to performance, conduct and discipline strengthening and sustaining peace through human rights.
United Nations, July 23 (Canadian-Media): UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, has just wrapped up a visit to Somalia, where she engaged with national authorities there on how to better address conflict-related sexual violence, resulting in a new Government commitment to help end the scourge, UN reports said.
Accompanied by Deqa Yasin, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Ms. Patten visited Baidoa for talks with the President of South West State, several members of his Cabinet and civil society organizations. She also met social workers involved in an International Organization for Migration (IOM)- supported Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration project, to assist women and girls formerly associated with extremist group Al Shabab.
Due to severe security constraints, she was unable to meet with survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, however she did liaise with women’s grassroots organizations and service providers in both Baidoa and Mogadishu that provided insight into the immense protection challenges faced by survivors, particularly in displacement settings.
The visit concluded with an express commitment by the Government to work with the UN, and the Office of the Special Representative to develop a new National Action Plan to End Sexual Violence in Conflict to implement the Joint Communiqué.
#sexualassault; #MichaelHawkins; #Toronto; #unconsciouswoman
Toronto, Sep 26 (Canadian-Media): Michael Hawkins, of Toronto, had been charged in connection with an indecent act and the sexual assault and of an unconscious woman at Kennedy Station earlier this month, media reports said.
Michael Hawkins/courtesy of CP24
Hawkins, A 69-year-old man, investigators said, had sexually assaulted a 40-year-old woman, lying on the ground outside of the subway station at around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 1.
Hawkins is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 6.
One witness, said the Police, attempted to stop the incident from occurring by yelling at the man but he “casually walked away” from the scene.
Security camera images of a suspect was released by the investigators on Sep 12.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Alberta, #Canada; #StephanieMcLean; #ElizabethFrySociety; #SexualAssualtAwareness
Alberta/Ottawa, Jun 15 (Canadian-Media): A pilot project is launched by Alberta, a Canadian province, to help sexual assault victims and learn their options. media reports said.
A grant of $700,000 will be given to the Elizabeth Fry Society by Stephanie McLean, the minister for the status of women, for a three-year pilot project to deliver free legal advice.
Sexual Assault Awareness/Facebook
Lawyers, provided by the Centres, outline options such as going through the criminal justice system and filing a human rights or civil claim.
McLean says victims often won't go to authorities for fear of not being believed and of being revictimized.
The project will reportedly be launched in areas served by the Elizabeth Fry Society including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Camrose, Red Deer, and other Indigenous communities.
#ProjectMercury, #TorontoPolice, #MyronDemkiw, #JanelleBlackadar, #onlinesexualabuse
Toronto, Apr 13 (Canadian-Media): Since 2014, Project Mercury was responsible for 153 arrests all over the world , including 16 Canadians, revealed by Toronto Police on Thursday, media reports said.
Project Mercury, a three-year international investigation into the online sexual abuse of children is a joint investigation between authorities in Canada, the U.S. and eight European countries, including the U.K., France, and Germany.
Of those convicted the sentences ranged from 30 months to 60 years, with many cases still before the courts.
The youngest victim was a 10-month-old.
"It's important to understand that this is happening to children all over the world," Toronto police Staff Supt. Myron Demkiw said at the press conference on Thursday.
Project Mercury, represented by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the U.K.'s National Crime Agency, a Saskatchewan RCMP unit and the Ottawa Police Service.Members from the Toronto police sex crimes unit joined police headquarters in downtown Toronto on Thursday.
Police said that various social networking platforms were used by the suspects
An undercover investigation launched by Toronto police after being alerted in January 25 by the National Crime Agency in the U.K of an online group using various social networking platforms to distribute child abuse material.
In July 2015, Toronto police witnessed a live-streaming event in which a six-year-old child was abused while other people from around the world commented and directed the abuser.
Police say within hours the child was rescued and the abuser was caught in Pennsylvania. More than 20 other offenders were arrested, mainly in the U.S. and the U.K.
"Unfortunately this was not the first time this happened, but I can tell you it was the last," Police Det. Const. Janelle Blackadar said.
Several other investigations uncovered similar live-streaming events.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)