The torch has been lit but abusers are still out there

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins provided the following opinion piece to mark International Women's Day. It was published by the Herald Sun on March 7, 2018;International Women's Day has been observed for more than 100 years. The day...
Wednesday 7 March 2018
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Not just Hollywood problem: 1 in 4 Australian women have been sexually harassed...

Over the past year, I have spoken with many women who have told me their personal accounts of being harassed in the workplace.I spoke to one hospital worker who was sexually harassed by a male patient, who indecently exposed himself to her. Instead...
Monday 16 October 2017
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Setting the record straight: Change the Course

Last week, the Australian Human Rights Commission released a landmark report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.The Change the course report came after years of work by students groups, advocates and journalists to...
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

An equal playing field? I'd like to see that

On Saturday, thousands of Australians participated in a global Women's March for gender equality. These marches were a reminder of how far we have to go before we achieve gender equality. These marches were a reminder of how far we have to go before...
Friday 27 January 2017
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

57 seconds - that's all it took to undo much of the good work done by many...

A lot can be said in 57 seconds. And a lot can be learnt from such a brief exchange.Last week, a laughing conversation between two AFL club presidents and three other high-profile football personalities suggested that drowning a female Fairfax...
Tuesday 21 June 2016
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Workplace sexism: we still don't want to talk about it

I'm not sure when the word "sexist" became one of the most polarising words in the English language. Is it really so bad to talk about something that many agree is alive and well in the Australian workforce and community?Despite laws prohibiting sex...
Wednesday 1 June 2016
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

I didn't imagine we would need a Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 2016

I began my new role as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner knowing there are three areas that require immediate attention.We have to address the prevalence of violence against women and girls in this country. It’s a disgrace.We also have to...
Wednesday 4 May 2016
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner