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In 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…
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…
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.
  A young gay retail worker feels unsafe going to work after her supervisor posts on Twitter that gay people are sinners and destined for hell. A group of school students are refused access to a camp site because their school’s curriculum doesn’t accord with the beliefs of the camp…
The 26 January marks a defining moment for Australia as a nation. But in recent years, there’s been a growing acknowledgement that for Australia’s First Nations peoples, the date is layered with pain and sadness. It marks the beginning of a period in which their communities experienced the loss of…
Distressing news reports emerged earlier this week about a Nazi flag flying above a house in regional Victoria. The symbols on that flag are more than just lines and colours – they represent hate and trauma for so many people around the world, including the members of Victoria’s Jewish community.…
There is a clear message in yesterday’s County Court’s decision to uphold Victoria’s first conviction under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act – that there is no place in Victoria for hateful conduct that incites ridicule and contempt for members of our community because of how they look, where they…
Today is the beginning of Human Rights Week – an annual celebration of the human rights and freedoms that are inherent to all of us, regardless of our background, culture, gender, age or belief. And there are opportunities throughout the week for every Victorian to show their support!
For many in modern Australia, it’s easy to imagine that our human rights and freedoms are well protected. But some Australians have less assurance of this - young people navigating the youth justice system, vulnerable individuals and families relying daily on public housing, disability services or social security, or Aboriginal…
The Gender Equality Bill being introduced to Parliament today promises better opportunities for women in the public sector and fairer, more equitable workplaces.
Victoria’s public servants recognise the value of human rights, and there are positive signs that public authorities are engaging the community in decisions that affect their rights, according to a new report from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
Disability, race and sex were the most common types of discrimination reported to the Commission in the last 12 months, as outlined in our Annual Report for 2018–19.
Every Victorian should feel welcome and valued in the place they call home – and that’s why media reports this week of a neo-Nazi concert planned for Melbourne should alarm all of us.
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