Webinar on sexual harassment and gender-based violence - REGISTER HERE

28/09/2020 28/09/2020

The Task Force on Gender Equity (GE-TF) will be holding its second webinar on Monday, 28 September 2020, from 16:00 - 18:00 CEST, which will focus on the priority issue of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the banana industry. Among the topics to be discussed are the ILO Convention No. 190 and Recommendation No. 206, as well as key experiences, ideas and opportunities to put the Convention and Recommendation into practice in the banana industry. To register for the webinar, click here.

The agenda for the event can be found below:

WEBINAR: Sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the banana industry

16:00 – 16:10: Welcome by the WBF Secretariat, Camila Reinhardt Hurtado, FAO

16:10 – 16:15: Introduction by the Chairperson, Anna Cooper, Banana Link 

16:15 – 16:45: Presentations from Expert Panelists 

  • Valentina Beghini, International Labour Organization (ILO):

Outline of the ILO Convention No. 190 and Recommendation No. 206 on ‘Violence and harassment in the world of work,’ including a brief update on ratifications and potential next steps for the banana industry.

  • Adwoa Sakyi, IUF Regional Womens Coordinator for Africa:

Introduction to the main sexual harassment and gender-based violence issues at plantation level and existing trade union and company initiatives on the practical implementation of the aforementioned Convention and Recommendation. 

  • Tania Moodley, Tesco Responsible Sourcing Manager:

Introduction to the Tesco Gender Strategy, including lessons from the South African fruit industry initiative to develop farm level grievance mechanisms as a key tool to tackling sexual harassment and gender-based violence issues at source.

16:45 – 17:00: Q&A

17:00 – 17:10: Break 

17:10 – 18:00: Discussions

  • Sharing of information on related initiatives from other stakeholders and countries
  • Exchanging ideas and opportunities to implement the ILO Convention No. 190 and Recommendation No. 206 on ‘Violence and harassment in the world of work’ in the banana industry
  • Conclusions and next steps for the GE-TF and WBF

The first webinar in this series, held in July 2020, focused on the topic of ‘the healthy and safe employment of women workers in the banana industry’ and was attended by 60 representatives from diverse stakeholder groups, members and non-members of the WBF. The final report for this webinar will soon be available online. The final two webinars, to be held in late October and late November 2020, will focus on (1) integrating the gender pay gap into living wage and living income initiatives and (2) the impacts of COVID-19 on women workers and producers in the banana industry.

For further information on the GE-TF webinar series, contact Camila Reinhardt (FAO) at [email protected] or Anna Cooper (Banana Link) at [email protected]