Dealing with gurglers, gropers and grannies at the Anna Stewart Memorial Program
Commission Services Manager Diana MacTiernan gave a presentation to a group of women union members on 11 September as part of the Anna Stewart Memorial Program.
The program aims to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of women union members, empowering them to be actively involved in the workplace.
“My presentation was titled Dealing with gurglers, gropers and grannies as it refers to the main obstacles women face when trying to maintain, or progress a career.
“Caring roles, whether for children or elderly parents, is often left up to women; so that, and being the main targets of sexual harassment in the workplace, makes working life for women a lot harder than it should be,” Ms MacTiernan said.
Ms MacTiernan took the audience through equal opportunity laws, indirect and direct discrimination and how to lodge a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission.
She then went on to discuss sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and family responsibility discrimination.
“According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, 49 percent of mothers reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace at some point during pregnancy, parental leave or on return to work and one in four women have experienced workplace sexual harassment in the last five years,” Ms MacTiernan said.
She said statistics like that were shocking and showed women had to remain vigilant when dealing with their rights at work.
“Through understanding their rights, women have better tools to deal with discrimination and harassment at work if it happens to them,” Ms MacTiernan said.