Workplace sexual harassment is on the rise. One in three workers in Australia have been sexually harassed at work over the last five years, compared with one in five in 2012 and one in ten in 2003, according to Everyone’s business: Fourth national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces released by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) this month.
Speaking on the latest episode of The Art of Inclusion, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, who has 25 years' experience working in this area, says "The stories that we're hearing now are the same stories that I've been hearing for my whole professional life."
This week the first of the public consultations of the AHRC National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces is taking place in Hobart to further develop understanding of workplace sexual harassment, its causes, impacts and best practice responses.
But we can do more to take the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements from hashtags to HR gospel.
As journalist and founder of NOW Australia Tracey Spicer explains, “Gender equality is good for everybody. It's not a women's issue. It's about women, men, families, and society. If we get gender equality, this is good for everybody.”
To hear the insightful recommendations from Kate and Tracey on how to get things moving in regards to curbing the scourge of sexual harassment in the workplace listen to #YouToo? Sexual harassment and gender inequality after #MeToo.
Share The Art of Inclusion with everyone you know, then take your tips to the wider DCA community using the hashtags #YouToo? and #ArtofInclusion.
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Note: This episode was recorded prior to the release of the latest AHRC data. Statistics quoted are from 2012.