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Kristen Hilton photo cropIn times of crisis, human rights are more important than ever.

In the last few weeks our lives have changed dramatically. Critical decisions are being made with the urgent aim of protecting the health and safety of people and their livelihoods.

The announcement last week of a redress scheme for survivors of Victoria’s Stolen Generations is a crucial step towards righting past wrongs.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:38

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As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we know that many people are experiencing significant uncertainty about what the immediate future holds and the impact on them and their families.

At the Commission, we’re closely monitoring advice from health authorities. Ensuring the health and safety of our staff and those who use our services remains our top priority.

Do you work for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)? If so, we want to hear from you – we’re conducting exciting new research to identify the barriers that SMEs face in achieving gender pay equity. 

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s report from the National Inquiry into Workplace Sexual Harassment points to the need for better complaints mechanisms, stronger laws and more accountable workplaces to keep workers safe from sexual harassment. 

Sexual harassment is not just harmful and unethical; it’s also against the law.

Under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, employers have a positive duty to eliminate sexual harassment and victimisation as far as possible. This means they need to take proactive steps to prevent these behaviours – regardless of whether someone has made a complaint. 

It’s an important day for gender equality in Victoria – today, the Victorian Parliament passed its first gender equality law, which promises more equitable workplaces and fairer treatment for Victoria’s 380,000 public sector workers.

From sensational headlines that tie the coronavirus to nationality, to advertisements that peddle tired old stereotypes about China, over the last fortnight we’ve seen many unfortunate examples of racism directed towards members of the Chinese community. 

Victoria’s anti-vilification laws are not adequately protecting Victorians from hate speech, trolling and other hate crimes – and there’s an urgent need for stronger protections, says the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Today, Victoria advances one step closer to gender equality. The Victorian Parliament’s Lower House is debating the state’s first Gender Equality Bill which promises more equitable workplaces and fairer treatment for women in the public sector.

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