1 in 4 women have been sexually harassed in the workplace in the past 12 months

Today in Parliament, Abigail gave notice of a motion demanding the NSW Government ensure all workplaces are free from sexual harassment, disrespect and discrimination, and take direct action to uphold this responsibility.

Abigail said:

I give notice that on the next sitting day I will move: 

(1) That this House notes that:

  • Our Watch launched their “Lead the change” campaign in March 2024, which:
    • affirms that everyone deserves to be free from violence, discrimination and sexual harassment in their workplace; 
    • calls on Australian businesses to lead the change in preventing sexual harassment in the workplace; and
    • provides resources including videos and factsheets for workplaces to utilise to change workplace culture to foster safety and respect and prevent sexual harassment;
  • in Australia, one in four women have been sexually harassed at their place of work in the past 12 months; and
  • sexual harassment in the workplace is amplified by intersections of other forms of discrimination including gender inequality, racism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism, with women of colour, queer women, trans women, migrant women and women with disability disproportionately affected by harassment in the workplace. 

(2) That this House:

  • affirms that everyone deserves to be safe, supported and respected in their workplace at all times, and that all levels of leadership, business, policy-making and government have the responsibility to ensure this; 
  • commends the work of Our Watch in advocating for the elimination of violence against women; 
  • calls on all businesses in New South Wales to take direct action to prevent sexual harassment, disrespect and discrimination in the workplace and change the culture to reflect one of safety and respect; and 
  • calls on the NSW Labor Government to recognise the responsibility of the state government in ensuring that all workplaces across the state are free from sexual harassment, disrespect and discrimination, and take direct action to uphold this responsibility.

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