ASMOF is hopeful for change after March 4 Justice

26-Mar-2021

 

On March 15 ASMOF joined thousands of protestors across Australia to take a stand against sexual harassment in the workplace and say enough is enough.

In 2015 the high-profile comments of Australian surgeon Dr Gabrielle McMullin lifted the lid on sexual harassment in medicine, and drew attention to an entrenched culture of sexism that limited opportunities for female surgeons. Her comments raised awareness and prompted a range of positive actions, but the problem has not gone away.

The 2019 National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces was welcomed by ASMOF, and we advocated for specific actions targeting medicine and health services. The final Respect@Work Report produced by the Commission recognised that the medical profession’s hierarchical structure made women in the profession more vulnerable to sexual harassment.

Sadly, as ACTU Secretary Sally McManus and many other commentators have pointed out, there has been little by the way of action since the report was handed to Government.

‘‘There are 50 recommendations from the Sex Discrimination Commissioner to stop sexual harassment. They have sat gathering dust for one year. What the PM should do is implement them’

State and federal Governments continue to be dogged by allegations of sexual harassment against women in the workplace, and the movement for change has been building momentum.

At Tuesday’s blunderous press conference our PM flagged that there will be action including a long-overdue response to the Respect@Work Report.

This is the moment for change and we hope that the Reports recommendations are implemented.

Do you want to be a part of change towards gender equity in your workplace? Join ASMOF’s Women’s Working Group by emailing catheriner@asmof.org.au