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#HerToo: call to protect female workers from workplace harassment

On Monday in Australia, CARE will also launch a petition urging the public to pressure the Australian government to reject any attempt by employers and others to water down the convention.

It is a push to expand the #MeToo movement that started in Hollywood to improve the lives of much poorer women working as maids, in factories or on streets selling food, often in countries with no or little legal protection.

The ILO has said the new standard is designed to protect all workers, regardless of their occupation or whether they work in the informal or formal economy. It said after sexual harassment cases made headlines, it became clear that many women around the world were facing harassment and abuse to keep or land a job.

On International Women‘s Day on Friday March 8, the former prime minister Julia Gillard will appear on a panel discussion with the Duchess of Sussex, Annie Lennox and other female leaders on empowering women around the world.

Care Australia says if the convention is endorsed in June it will be the first legally binding international standard on the issue. It would protect about 235 million female workers.