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Speaking from Experience

The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched Speaking from Experience, a
landmark project that centres the voices of people with lived experience in workplace
sexual harassment reform.

Sexual harassment is still unacceptably prevalent in Australian workplaces, with one in
three people having experienced workplace sexual harassment in Australia in the last
five years. The Commission is inviting people who have been sexually harassed at work
to have their say about what they think needs to change to make workplaces safer. The
information gathered will help create resources that will help workers and employers
know how to make workplaces safer for everyone, as well as inform future law reform
priorities.

Through a user-friendly web portal hosted on the Commission website, people who
have been sexually harassed at work can submit written or audio submissions outlining
their recommendations on what needs to change to address workplace sexual
harassment.

Participation in the project is voluntary and open to all individuals in Australia.

You can view and share the web portal here: https://humanrights.gov.au/our-work/sex
discrimination/speaking-experience

In addition to the online submissions, the Commission will conduct in-person
consultations across Australia to ensure the voices of marginalised groups are heard.
The consultations will prioritise input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
workers, young people, culturally and racially marginalised workers, people with
disability, LGBTIQ+ workers, and other groups disproportionately targeted by
perpetrators of workplace sexual harassment.

If you would like to be a community partner for the in-person consultations, please read
the flyer attached and email speakingfromexperience@humanrights.gov.au

Our 2022/2033 Annual Report is available now

Our latest Annual Report showcases our achievements in the last financial year, and helps to tell the story of the work that we do, for the benefit of our clients.

You can download our Report here

 

 

Young LGBTQIA+ Women & Non-Binary Employer Support Program

The Working Women’s Centre is looking for HR Managers and employers to take part in the pilot version of our Young LGBTQIA+ Women & Non-Binary Workers Support program. The program has been designed in consultation with young SA LGBTQIA+ women and non-binary workers and aims to aid HR managers and other employees to foster safe and supportive workplaces for LGBTQIA+ women and non-binary workers. The training will be provided free of cost, all we ask of you is to attend and provide feedback at the end.

The program will be delivered online, on the 21st of June, 9:30-12:30am ACST.

Click here to register.

Open Letter to South Australian Parliament – Anti-Protest Laws

The Working Women’s Centre SA joins a coalition of women’s, justice and legal groups who are calling for all South Australian parliamentarians to oppose the passing of these anti-protest laws. We implore you to consider the long-lasting implications of this legislation and its impact on the values of equality, justice, and democracy that our state prides itself on. We urge you to seek alternative approaches that balance public safety with the preservation of our cherished democratic rights.

Vale Michelle Hogan, Our Leader and Inspiration.

 

We are deeply saddened to share the loss of our dear friend and comrade Michelle Hogan. Michelle was a passionate and dedicated feminist unionist and long-time member and Chair of the South Australian Working Women’s Centre Management Committee.

Michelle served as our Chair for five years. Her leadership strengthened the Working Women’s Centre, supported us through difficulties, and inspired our growth and transformation into the organisation we are today.

We will miss her courage, her warmth, her intelligence, and her fierce determination.

Michelle was unrelenting in her pursuit of a more equitable world for working women. She was a role model and mentor for many South Australians dedicated to this cause.

Her legacy includes her contribution to the Anna Stewart Memorial Project – a program that has trained and emboldened a generation of union women.

Michelle went above and beyond for her community both as a worker and an activist. For over 40 years, her career involved significant work in education, women’s community services, women’s health, civil society and the trade union movement.

Michelle was Assistant Secretary of the UTLC of SA (SA Unions) during the early 2000’s. She volunteered her time and energy to work with the May Day Collective, APHEDA Union Aid Abroad, and the National Trust of Australia. Michelle was an elected local councilor in the Port Adelaide Enfield Local Council.

We express our deepest sympathies and support for Michelle’s partner Robert and her family as they grieve this significant loss. We share our condolences with Michelle’s many friends, comrades and colleagues including those she knew through her work at the Centre, and the many other causes and communities she belonged to, connected with and built.

The Working Women’s Centre would not be in the position it is today without Michelle’s tireless work and passion. We thank her for all she did to support us, including being our leader, advocate, and lifelong friend.

We also thank our clients, supporters, and friends for their patience during this time. We are so sad to have lost Michelle. We loved Michelle and we will bring Michelle’s passion, commitment and strength as we continue to support working women across South Australia.

 

In solidarity,

The Working Women’s Centre Board and Staff

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