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Jakarta Post

‘Guidebook’ decodes ILO convention on gender-based violence

  • Sebastian Partogi


Jakarta   /   Mon, November 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Inside look: A newly published book aims to help relevant stakeholders understand the new International Labor Organization convention.(Courtesy of Institut Perempuan/-)

The world of work is not a safe space for women, as seen in the increasing coverage on gender-based violence. The latest was a shocking exposé by the Associated Press (AP) published on Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The article unearthed multiple cases of rape and abuse against women at a Sumatran oil palm plantation associated with prominent beauty brands around the globe. One victim AP interviewed was a 16-year-old who recalled that she was raped by her boss “amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation” where she was a shift worker. Just two years ago in December 2017, the Inter-Factory Workers Federation (FBLP) released a documentary short film, Angka Jadi Suara (The Day the Voices Are Raised), on the violence and harassment female workers suffered at a factory in an industrial estate in Cakung,...