Petition is successful with 221 signatures
To: Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister
We need a Sex Discrimination Commissioner now!
After a lengthy delay the Federal Government has finally appointed a Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
Over 200 people signed our petition calling for the urgent filling of this position given the obvious need to tackle sexism at work. Current VEOHRC Commissioner Kate Jenkins has been appointed to the role. Ms Jenkins has a strong background in the area of employment law and in investigating the impact of sexism at work including chairing the Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, within Victoria Police; establishing the Victorian-based Male Champions of Change program and the upcoming review into equity and gender within the MFB and CFA.
There has been a history of appointing women from diverse backgrounds to this role, all of whom have done an excellent job in raising issues of systemic discrimination that impact on the human rights of women.
There is a lot to be done! We look forward to raising the concerns of Victorian working women with Ms Jenkins when she takes up the role.