Peter A Allard School of Law

CFLS: Reflections on the International Treaty on Violence and Harassment, with Ms. Shauna Olney

The CFLS invites you to our next lecture series event. We welcome Ms. Shauna Olney for a lecture and discussion on her upcoming publication titled ‘A new global mandate to end violence and harassment in the world of work: A gender-responsive approach’. The article provides reflections on the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) adoption of Convention No. 190 and Recommendation No. 206, concerning the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work in an inclusive and forward-thinking way, providing expanded protection for all in the world of work.

In June 2019, the ILO adopted Convention No. 190 and Recommendation No. 206 concerning the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work. These are the first such instruments to address the issue comprehensively, marking a sea-change in international law. Within the range of unacceptable behaviours, practices and threats covered, the instruments firmly embed a gender-responsive approach and include a revitalized understanding of gender-based violence and harassment.

Ms. Olney, a member of the Advisory Council of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, is an employment and human rights expert, with over 30 years’ experience. She is the former Chief of the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch of the International Labour Organization (ILO). In this role, she promoted equality at work from a range of perspectives, leading the work that resulted in the right to a world of work free from violence and harassment, through articulation in an international treaty for the first time. Ms. Olney is a graduate of UBC Law and is the author and co-author of several publications in the areas of gender equality and non-discrimination.

The event will be held in Room 104 at Allard Hall and will also be livestreamed via Zoom. Please email for the Zoom link. Note that maximum capacity for the room is 50 people, and in-person attendees will be required to wear a mask. Thank you for your cooperation.



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