Queensland, We Need To Have A Serious Conversation About Workplace Sexual Harassment

Shocking stats out on Int Women's Day

Queensland, We Need To Have A Serious Conversation About Workplace Sexual Harassment iStock

As we celebrate International Women's Day and see a stronger global momentum striving for gender parity with movements like 'Time's Up' and #Metoo, it is really disappointing to see that Queensland has been named the worst state in Australia for sexual harassment and discrimination against women in the workplace.

A survey on behalf of Shine Lawyers has found almost 37 per cent of women across the state have been a victim of sexual harassment or discrimination in the office, compared to 35 per cent nationally.

Of the women who have experienced harassment, more than half said they had dealt with unwanted sexual advances from a colleague. Nationally, almost 50 per cent of the women surveyed said they had been judged on their looks, being told to change the way they dress or wear more make-up.

Janelle Weissman, from Australia's UN Women National Committee, believes the responsibility for real change lies with both men and women.

"There is no question that it takes all of us - this is not a women's campaign - this is a human rights campaign," she said.

"We need to consider the words that we use, the actions that we take. It's not appropriate to tell sexist jokes, it's not appropriate to sexually harass someone. It doesn't matter what setting you're in, it's not ok in a bar and it's not ok in a boardroom. It's just not ok."

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