During Harmony Week, WA Acting Commissioner for Equal Opportunity Jenni Perkins sat down with a group of students from Cyril Jackson Senior Campus to discuss their hopes for equality in multicultural Western Australia.
Ms Perkins discussed what discrimination and harassment meant to the students, and, as young people, their thoughts about the best way to address issues of discrimination and harassment in WA.
She said the students shared some of their own experiences of discrimination and how it made them feel.
“Some of the examples shared suggested instances of both race and age discrimination,” she said.
The students felt ways to make young people more aware of equal opportunity laws in WA could include greater community outreach and education at schools and on social media.
She said the discussion gave her valuable insight into what young people wanted from equal opportunity laws and allowed her to provide information to them about how those laws worked.
“Young people can be very vulnerable to acts of discrimination and harassment, however they don’t always know what they are able to do about it,” Ms Perkins said.
She said the discussion would allow the Commission to build on future projects with WA’s young people to provide greater awareness about equal opportunity laws and how they can be accessed.
“A solid understanding of equal opportunity laws among young people can help cultural change and go some way to addressing systemic issues of discrimination and harassment in the future,” Ms Perkins said.