Sexual harassment - "just part of the job"

It has been a significant month for gender equality, particularly in Victoria, where I have just conducted consultations for the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.For the first time in history the State Government...
Friday 7 December 2018
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Time to let harassment victims speak

The #metoo movement globally has been about women speaking out, exposing perpetrators and sharing their stories. Locally, recent high profile sexual harassment cases have been about women who did not want to share their stories but had them shared...
Tuesday 20 November 2018
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Workplace Sexual Harassment in the Northern Territory

Earlier this week, I visited Darwin to hold consultations and meetings for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into workplace sexual harassment.Despite the sweltering heat – I’m a born and bred Melburnian – it was a great week....
Thursday 18 October 2018
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Australia's journey to a National Inquiry into workplace sexual harassment

The following opinion piece by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins appeared in Fairfax papers - SMH, the Age and The Canberra TimesOn 5 October 2017, I boarded a flight from Britain. By the time I landed in Melbourne, the world had...
Monday 9 July 2018
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Time for some home truths about sexual harassment

The following opinion piece by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins was published in the Age newspaper on May 3, 2018It’s time for some home truths about how we are talking about and dealing with sexual harassment cases.We need to stop...
Friday 4 May 2018
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

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

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