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Somalia became the second African country to ratify international labor standards aimed at ending violence and harassment in the world of work.
Somali Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Duran Farah presented the instrument of ratification of the Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) to the Director-General of the ILO, Guy Ryder.
He also presented the instruments of ratification of the Tripartite Consultation (International Labor Standards) Convention, 1976 (No. 144); the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155); the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187); the Migrant Workers Convention (Revised), 1949 (No. 97); the Migrant Workers (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1975 (No. 143); and the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181).
The seven conventions are the first ratifications by Somalia since 2014 and bring the total number of conventions that Somalia has ratified to 26.
“I welcome the deposit of these seven key ILO instruments. They mark the Somali people’s desire for peace, stability and good governance and their resilience to insist that democracy keep its promise, ”said Guy Ryder.
He stressed the importance of continuous dialogue, patience, compromise and strong legal, political and civic institutions to nurture peace and guide democracy, as exemplified by Somalia’s ratification of Convention No. 144.
“Promoting peace, preventing conflict, restoring and building resilience often begins in the workplace,” added Guy Ryder. “With the swift ratification of Convention No. 190, Somalia recognizes the critical importance of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in promoting peace.”
Convention No. 190 calls on ratifying States to respect, promote and fulfill the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment and to this end adopt an inclusive, integrated and gender-sensitive approach to prevention and the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work.
The Somali minister stressed the importance of the moment. “As a member state of the ILO, the Somali government is committed to upholding the Constitution and standards of the International Labor Organization to promote social and economic justice and defend human rights and internationally recognized work. Somalia, over the years, has ratified many conventions essential to improving labor standards in its national economy, and the recently approved conventions were a critical government priority for reforms, regulatory laws, policies and frameworks for implementation. implementation of the national development plan.
With the support of the ILO, social dialogue and tripartism have been adopted by the tripartite constituents in recent years. A supportive working relationship based on consensus, trust and trust-building between government and trade unions strengthened social peace in Somalia and opened the door to the creation of the first formal tripartite structure, the Advisory Committee. Somali national tripartite responsible for addressing labor issues, including policies relevant to post-war rehabilitation and reconstruction, including a new labor code, a national employment policy, a social protection policy and a national development plan, all anchored in the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.
At the end of the ceremony, the Director-General of the ILO thanked HE President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the Federal Government of Somalia, led by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and the workers ‘and employers’ organizations of Somalia for their “commitment to workers’ rights. , as indicated in ILO instruments. “
The seven conventions will enter into force in Somalia on March 8, 2022.