WORKSAFE: GENDERED VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
WorkSafe has launched its gendered violence campaign ‘It comes in many forms’ to educate employers about their obligations under the OHS Act to prevent and respond to gendered violence at work. The campaign aims to raise awareness to both workers and employers about the harm that can be caused by gendered violence.
WorkSafe Executive Director Health and Safety Narelle Beer said "Everyone should feel safe and respected at work, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation".
Work related gendered violence can range from what may seem like a harmful joke to inappropriate contact, physical violence or aggression because of someone’s gender or sexual orientation.
Dr Beer said workers who are LGBTIQA+, those from migrant backgrounds, those with disability, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers are more likely to experience gendered violence.
Unfortunately, many of these incidents are not reported as many victims are afraid of losing their job due to insecure work conditions and social pressures, according to Dr Beer. A survey conducted by the Victorian Trades Hall Council in 2016 found that more than 60% of women experiences some sort of gendered violence at work in Victoria.
The TV ads will be screened starting this week.