One-third of women worldwide will experience physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of men at some point in their lives. Much of this happens in the workplace, including the factory environments of global supply chains. To most effectively respond and prevent violence against women (VAW), active engagement with the private sector is required. This Knowledge Exchange is based on a joint webinar by BSR HERproject and SVRI, which discussed the role of private sector in VAW prevention and response.
This Knowledge Exchange presents NGO and workplace case studies, as well as examples of best practice, to address a few of the key issues that should be considered when engaging the private sector in order to address and prevent VAW. It includes tips and recommendations for effective private sector partnership with due consideration for the ongoing prevalence of violence and harassment of women in the workplace. It also considers the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath which present new challenges and opportunities for organizations and private sector companies interested in brokering partnerships in the field.