Launched in 2008, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s campaign UNITE to End Violence against Women is a multi-year initiative that seeks to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world.
The 2020 campaign, “16 days of activism against gender violence“ of the United Nations System, is celebrated from today, November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until December 10, Human Rights Day.
This year the campaign gives a relevant role to the Convention on the elimination of violence and harassment in the workplace (Convention 190) of the ILO – International Labor Organization.
BC3, as an international excellence research center, has incorporated the gender dimension, and committed to a Gender Action Plan (GAP) for the period 2017-2020, with the main objective of achieving a balanced structure in terms of gender representation. As of 2020 and for the next three years, BC3 maintains its commitment to equality in the spirit of establishing the centre as an international benchmark, not just in scientific terms, but also in terms of people management, as reflected in the Gender Equality Plan 2020-2023.
During 2020, BC3 has carried out a participatory process to develop the Prevention and action protocol against sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or harassment based on gender identity or sexual orientation and has done so based on the spirit of the aforementioned ILO Convention 190, anticipating its entry into force in June 2021.
The participatory process has been carried out through work sessions with female workers, with male workers, with the Equality Group and with the Scientific Direction and Management of the centre, involving the entire entity. In these sessions, the elements that make up this protocol have been agreed upon, as well as valuing behaviors that, for illustrative purposes, were collected as examples of harassment.
As a result of this participatory process, the center has produced a document that raise awareness of and prevent sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or harassment based on gender identity or sexual orientation, and aims to foster BC3’s organizational culture on the principles of safety, dignity and equality and on the value of the diversity of all the people that make up the entity.
Today, November 25, coinciding with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, BC3 committe to publish its Prevention and action protocol against sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or harassment based on gender identity or sexual orientation. BC3 is also committed to drawing up a manifesto before the end of the year, which will be signed by the people who make up the entity of BC3, in which we declare their responsibility towards working for an organizational culture free of violence.