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Webinar: Reclaim the workplace! Ending sexual violence and harassment in our places of work and study.

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Webinar: Reclaim the workplace! Ending sexual violence and harassment in our places of work and study.

October is sexual violence awareness month, and Reclaim the Night is a march that is traditionally held on the last Friday of October, to reclaim the streets so that women can walk at night without fear.

This October, we will gather online to talk about reclaiming the workplace by ending sexual violence and harassment. We will be joined by a panel of expert speakers to discuss what sexual harassment looks like, the extent of the problem in Australia, and what we can do to end sexual violence and harassment in our places of work and study.

Featuring Speakers:

  • Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner
  • The Hon Connie Bonaros MLC – SA Best
  • Rebecca Etienne – Adelaide University SRC Women’s Officer
  • Erin Hennessy - Elected Organiser at the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union

This year, it has become clearer than ever that many workplaces are unsafe for women.

  • In February, Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sexual crimes against women he worked with.
  • In June, the High Court of Australia found that former Justice Dyson Heydon sexually harassed six of his associates.
  • In July, the Federal Court of Australia found that a lawyer sexually harassed his paralegal for almost a year.
  • In August, former Adelaide University Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen was found to have sexually harassed staff members at the university.
  • In August and September, large financial companies QBE and AMP faced sexual harassment scandals

These high-profile cases are just the tip of the iceberg of the sexual harassment that pervades our places of work and study – from Coles, to university classrooms, to construction sites, to office workers. One in two women, and one in four men, have experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime. This needs to change.

The link to the webinar will be emailed out to everyone who has registered.

We acknowledge that this event will stream from Kaurna land and we pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land, past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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