Inquiry into sexual harassment advances

By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 7 December 2018
Image Source: Time's Up Facebook page

The Australian Human Rights Commission is holding a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

As part of the inquiry, a special consultation with people working in media, arts and entertainment is being held to allow them to share their experiences.

The consultation is confidential and will take place on Monday 10 December in Sydney. Those unable to attend can make online submissions.

It comes after the Australian Human Rights Commission found a high rate of sexual harassment within these industries during its national workplace survey 'Everyone's Business: Fourth national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces'.

The report found 81% of people in information, media and telecommunications were sexually harassed in the last five years.

When looking at where this harassment occurred, 28% was at work social events, such as after-work drinks or functions.

High-profile names such as journalist Tracey Spicer have joined the #MeToo movement to end sexual harassment in Australia.

Speaking at Commercial Radio Australia’s Radio Alive 2018 event, Spicer said commercial radio has been "the most toxic" media environment to work in.

Also this year, Time's Up Advertising launched in Australia with senior female agency leaders joining forces.

Participants included McCann CEO Nicole Taylor, Clemenger BBDO Sydney managing director Emily Perrett, Leo Burnett head of talent management Sarah Palmer and Hogarth’s Lee Leggett.

For further information on the consultation event see here.


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