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Our Watch’s statement on the Jenkins Review

November 30, 2021 / Our Watch media

Every workplace should be safe and every woman should be safe at work. This is at the heart of the Jenkins Review, released today.  

Set the Standard: Report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces is a sobering reminder that gender equality must be a national priority. 

It unequivocally recognises that gender inequality drives violence against women, including bullying, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. 

Today, at least a third of women across the nation, across every sector, will recognise their own experiences at work in this report. 

No workplace is immune, and we must all be part of the solution. 

Sexual harassment, bullying, and sexual assault can, and must, be prevented, and every employer, government, and workplace has a critical role to play in promoting safe, equal, and respectful workplaces and relationships 

Our Watch acknowledges and applauds Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins’ expertise and independence in leading the review, as well as the cross-party support for its establishment.  

Most importantly, we stand with those who have spoken out and shared their experiences as part of the review, including Brittany Higgins, who in bravely coming forward ignited a national conversation leading to the establishment of the review.  

For many victim-survivors, today’s report will be difficult. It’s a reminder of how much work remains. 

It is also a clear call for decisive structural change to end gendered violence, and a real opportunity to make Australian women safer and more equal.  

Media contact

Saraya Musovic, Senior Media and Communications Advisor (saraya.musovic@ourwatch.org.au or 0448 844 930) or media@ourwatch.org.au.

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:
“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.”

To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit Media Making Change.

About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the practices, norms, and structures that lead to violence against women and children.