Our work lives have a significant influence on us professionally and personally and help shape our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours around gender equality and violence against women.
Workplaces need to take active steps to promote and normalise gender equality and challenge sexism and discrimination because:
Violence, sexual harassment and sexism occurs in workplaces.Workplaces have a responsibility to ensure all staff are safe in the workplace and an interest in minimising legal risks in relation to equal opportunity, discrimination and harassment.
Violence that occurs at home or in the community can also have impacts at work. Workplaces need to understand and appropriately respond to violence that is experienced by employees outside of work, such as family violence.
Workplace structures and cultures influence gender inequality. Every workplace conversation, policy and action can either reinforce or challenge gender inequality and the attitudes, norms and practices that drive violence against women.
Achieving gender equality and preventing violence against women is not just about changing individuals – it’s about changing the society and culture in which individuals develop their attitudes and learn about acceptable behaviour.
Through an organisational change process workplaces can create an environment where women are not only safe but also respected, valued and treated as equals at work, at home and in their communities.