Ms Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, delivers 2018 Pamela Denoon Lecture
The #MeToo campaign has gone viral and sexual harassment is in the news almost daily. We are witnessing a growing awareness of the magnitude of violence against women. The Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins is charged with turning this new awareness into lasting social change.
Ms Jenkins’ lecture will focus on the recent report into sexual harassment and assault at Australian Universities. She will discuss the findings, the proposed strategies, and the response to the report. Drawing on the Commission’s work in the workplace in preventing and responding to sexual harassment, the Commissioner will explore the barriers to change, and what we can all be doing to take this issue forward.
Kate Jenkins, Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner since 2016 leads a number of Australian Human Rights Commission projects, including the recently released report on the results of Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities (2017), the Commission’s fourth sexual harassment prevalence survey. Kate is also continuing the Commission’s collaborative project on cultural reform with the Australian Defence Force.
Ms Jenkins is the convener of National Male Champions of Change (established 2015) and the Co-Chair of Play by the Rules. Prior to joining the Commission, Kate spent three years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.
The lecture is being recorded by ABC ‘Big Ideas’ for broadcast and the transcript and video will be available to view online after the event on the PDL Homepage.