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The Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre — a community-based non-profit organisation that supports women through gender discrimination, sexual harassment and assault in the workplace — is at risk of closure. Sign the petition to demand federal funding — it only takes 2 minutes! To read more about Refinery29 Australia’s long-term initiative to dismantle sexual harassment in the workplace, visit the #FiredUp hub.
Nicki Petrou, the director of the NTWWC, says the NT government gives the centre $200,000 a year, but another $700,000 annually is needed to keep it open. If the federal government doesn’t commit to this funding soon, she fears being forced to make staff cuts, reduce operating hours from five to three days a week in September, and potentially closing doors in November.
“[The funding] will be able to at least fund us properly, and to be able to respond appropriately to the demand,” Petrou told Refinery29 Australia.
“sexual harassment, and sexual violence in the workplace, in our view, is the number one work health and safety issue in Australia.”“The Federal Government can make a decision tomorrow to say that the working women’s centres are a priority and put proper funding into Queensland and the NT,” she told Refinery29 Australia.
“We should be funded to adequately deal and respond to an issue that is pervasive. It also ruins people’s lives, and it kills people, and it’s not being dealt with properly.”