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Sex Discrimination

Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020)


Exemption applications under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth)

Tuesday 8 September, 2020

Sexual harassment is prevalent across all industries and sectors. We can and must stop it

My inquiry has highlighted that it has been ignored for too long. There are simple ways Australians can drive change.

Conditions are ripe for Australian to change our response to, and prevention of, sexual harassment.

As Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner, I spent 18 months conducting Respect@Work, a world-first national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

Respect@Work webinar - Unions

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins discusses the Australian Human Rights Commission's landmark 2020 report Respect@Work.

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Disability Discrimination Commissioner joins Play by the Rules

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett will join the management committee of Play by the Rules, the national program to make grass roots sports safe, fair and inclusive.

Dr Gauntlett joins his Australian Human Rights Commission colleague, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins (co-chair), and South Australia’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner Dr Niki Vincent representing the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities on the committee. 

Legal Practitioners: Respect@Work Webinar

Join Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins and barrister Kate Eastman SC to discuss AHRC's 2020 report Respect@Work

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Sex Discrimination Commissioner launches series of Respect@Work Webinars

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins is leading a series of virtual webinars to explain the key findings and recommendations of Respect@Work, the Australian Human Rights Commission's landmark 18-month national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

Women in the 21st Century

As President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, I frequently have the privilege of speaking at a range of events here and abroad, on topics far and wide.

This week, I was asked to speak in Sydney for the Union, University and Schools Club about why we have International Women’s Day and whether it is still relevant today. It gave me an opportunity to reflect on my own life, the women who influenced me, the suffragettes and, of course, how life for women has changed, and how much more needs to be done.

This is some of what I had to say.

Is it coming up roses yet? Women in the 21st century

International Women’s Day Lunch

Union, University and Schools Club

Thank you to the Union, University and Schools Club for inviting me to speak and to Dr Mary Forbes for reaching out to. This is a wonderful event. Full of pride, full of celebration—and full of women and supportive men!

Let me begin by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and pay my respect to Elders, past, present and emerging, and also to acknowledge any Indigenous guests attending today.