Help women to speak out

24 January 2019

How do we educate about sexual harassment in the workplace and what do we need to do to make sure women from diverse backgrounds can report it?

VMC Commissioner Sonia Vignjevic posed these questions recently while co-facilitating a consultation for culturally and linguistically diverse women to inform the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, alongside Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins.

Held on 26 November 2018 at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, participants from a range of backgrounds came together in dialogue to unearth some deep insights and tangible recommendations for the Inquiry.

Ms Vignjevic said women from diverse backgrounds faced a range of barriers to raising sexual harassment in the workplace, including how to report it.

“There is huge stigma associated with sexual harassment amongst CALD communities. It takes enormous courage for people to speak out and then they are faced with clunky processes which act as a deterrent”.

Ms Vignjevic said the consultation highlighted that some of the answers lie in improving reporting systems for sexual harassment in the workplace and clarifying how to use them.

“Reporting processes need to be streamlined, we need to normalise the language about sexual harassment - What is it? What can people do about it if someone discloses? Where can people turn for support?”

Find out more about the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, including the toolkit to facilitate a discussion at your workplace and how to have your say before submissions close on 28 February 2019.

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