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Friday 8 April 2016

Ruby Rose recognised for LGBTI advocacy

Ruby Rose with students

Ruby Rose, a former ambassador for the Australian Human Rights Commission, has won a GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Award in recognition of her work promoting equality.

In her acceptance speech on Saturday night, Ms Rose said she had struggled to find a role model as a young lesbian, and that for a large part of her life she "wanted to be invisible".

Ruby Rose was the ambassador for the Commission’s BackMeUp campaign in 2012 and 2013. BackMeUp educated young people about how to take safe and effective bystander action when they witness cyberbullying. It became one of the most successful campaigns in the Commission’s history.


Children’s Commissioner responds to Royal Commission

Children on park bench

The Royal Commission into Family Violence report has acknowledged the serious impact of family violence on children, according to National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell.

“The report calls on the Victorian Government to require routine screening for family violence in all public antenatal settings, and for improvements in risk identification across the health, justice and community service sectors more generally,” Commissioner Mitchell said.

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RightsTalk: Gordian Fulde, Senior Australian of the Year

Rightstalk with Prof. Gordian Fulde

Join us for a RightsTalk with the Senior Australian of the Year, Gordian Fulde, on 12 April 2016 at 12 noon at the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney.

Professor Fulde is the Director of Emergency at St Vincent's Hospital.

From midnight to dawn, Professor Fulde presides over one of Australia's busiest emergency departments. He is passionately outspoken about the scourge of ‘ice’ and alcohol-fuelled violence which delivers a flood of people into Australian hospitals each weekend.

Where: Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney

When: 12 April, at 12 noon.

Attendance is free. Please register here.


Kate Jenkins to address National Press Club

Kate Jenkins

The incoming Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, will address the National Press Club on Wednesday 20 April.

Ms Jenkins has been Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner since 2013. She has 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, and was previously the lead partner of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Australian equal opportunity practice.

Ms Jenkins is the convenor of the Victoria Male Champions of Change, the Chair of the Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Victoria Police, and the Co-Chair of Play by the Rules. She is also a member of the Aboriginal Justice Forum.

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Transgender Day of Visibility 2016

Trans Rights Now (stock photo from iStock)

The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledged Transgender Day of Visibility on 31 March by reaffirming its commitment to protecting and promoting the human rights of transgender and gender diverse people.

A Commission report, Resilient Individuals, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights, reveals that trans and gender diverse Australians continue to encounter discrimination, vilification, violence and abuse in their everyday lives and face distinct structural, institutional and interpersonal barriers to equality.

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Join the Business and Human Rights Network

Have you considered becoming a member of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Business and Human Rights Network?

This informal network helps members to promote diversity and prevent workplace discrimination. It is open to businesses, employers, academics and others.

Membership benefits include access to useful resources; opportunities to connect with other employers and stakeholders; and invitations to attend network events and other Commission events.

Sign-up to the Business and Human Rights Network here.


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