From the Commissioner - 16 Days in WA
From 25 November to 10 December the State Government is running the 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women.
The Commission welcomes this campaign and congratulates the Government on this initiative.
As our recently tabled Annual Report shows, women consistently lodge more complaints of discrimination than men, with impairment discrimination being the only ground where men lodged a significantly higher amount of complaints for the 2018-19 reporting year.
Sexual harassment made it into the top three grounds complained about in 2018-19 with over three quarters of the complaints lodged by women.
At the Commission we always say our complaint numbers are the tip of the iceberg and there are many unreported sexual harassment incidents throughout Western Australia.
Indeed, figures quoted by the Government about violence against women are alarming.
In 2018 Western Australia recorded the highest rate of family and domestic violence related homicide offences across the nation and most of the victims were women.
Statistics like this show WA still has a long way to go.
On 10 December, the final day of the 16 Days in WA campaign, the Commission will focus on women in prisons with CEO of Sisters Inside Debbie Kilroy OAM speaking at our annual International Human Rights Day event.
Ms Kilroy is one of Australia’s leading advocates for protecting the human rights of women and children through decarceration and she will be speaking on the topic Barriers Inside and Out: human rights issues impacting on incarceration and reintegration for women and children.
I encourage you all to attend this worthwhile event during the 16 Days in WA campaign to learn more about how discrimination against women impacts wider society.
To register go to: https://www.trybooking.com/561759