In a bid to contain gender based violence amongst workers in the country , the President of National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN),Comrade John Adaji has urged the Federal Government to domesticate Convention 190 in Nigeria .
International Labour Organization Convention No. 190 (or C190 ) is the first international treaty to recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.
Speaking during the 5th NUTGTWN National Women Conference with the Theme-: Women and The World of Work : Gender -Based Violence and Harassment (GBHV) organised by National Union of Textile , Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN),the President , Comrade John Adaji said it is high time the Unions add voices to the call for immediate move to domesticate Convention 190 as a protective measure against Gender Based Violence .
According to him , this year’s theme of the Women’s Conference is carefully selected to raise awareness and to inform the world that the Textile union in Nigeria has zero tolerance for gender based violence .
While stating that the NUTGTWN has two major instruments ,which are it’s constitution and collective agreement to use as tools to ensure the Convention 190 becomes a reality ,he gave assurance that the Union Executive will work to ensure that it is ratified.
” All we want is the federal government to give all necessary support and encouragement for the the Convention 190 to see the light of day here .
“We can’t be talking about gender based violence and we don’t have a legal instrument to rely on to fight it .We must be prepared to match words with action if we must achieve success .” He stated .
Comrade Adaji however , Commended Frederick Ebert Stiftun for her supportive role over the years in the area of capacity building of members of the Textile Union in Nigeria . According to him , there is no alternative to requisite training and retraining to achieve progressive industrial growth .
He added ,” There must opportunities for all workers , especially women to acquire more knowledge to improve on their skills .
He therefore urged all participants at the event to be very attentive and gain more knowledge that help their capacity to advance in their various departments and fields of business .