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“Throughout our National Inquiry into workplace sexual harassment, which resulted in the Respect@Work report, we found that our laws must move from a reactive approach that relies on individual complaints by victims to one that requires preventative action to stop sexual harassment occurring in the first place,” she told Refinery29 Australia.
“Respect@Work’s recommendation of introducing a positive duty in the Sex Discrimination Act is central to achieving this shift. A positive duty will align the Sex Discrimination Act with safety laws, and require employers to take proactive steps to eliminating sexual harassment in their workplace.”
“Working Women’s Centres provide an essential service to the community,” Jenkins told Refinery29 Australia. “In particular, our National Inquiry found that they were well placed to address the intersectional needs of victim-survivors of sexual harassment in a way that other services may be unable to.
“We found that support, advice and advocacy for victim-survivors was best delivered through the holistic approach that Working Women’s Centres offer, and that’s why we recommended funding should continue.”