The Human Rights Oration is an annual event hosted by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to recognise International Human Rights Day. Each year, the Commission invites a leading thinker to share their perspective on human rights. The Oration is main event in Human Rights Week.
The 2019 Human Rights Oration was delivered by journalist, radio presenter and two-time Walkey winner Virginia Trioli on Tuesday 13 December.
Before a large audience at Deakin Edge, Virginia wove together reflections on power, access and the challenges individuals face in navigating complex public services. She shared personal reflections on the difficult process of supporting a family member to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She also revisited the themes from her 1996 book Generation F, examining sexual harassment, the secrets women are pressured to keep quiet, and the need for stronger, more victim-centred processes for handling sexual harassment complaints.