Metoo and NOW campaigns are fantastic in highlighting problems with Gender Inequality and Sexual Harrassment. It seems to me that publicity is regarding the well off women. Acttresses etc. Very concerned that the situation for low income earners is included.
Sexual Harassment is the legal term for ‘harassment ‘in the workplace. So harassment outside the workplace is not covered by the term.
Women are the majority of employees in the low income positions. Cooks, cleaners, caeres, shop assistants etc.a lot of women work for their partner. Considering Refugees sponsered to work in Regional Areas are reluctant to complain for obvious reasons.
In Education, women are over represented in the lower paying or TAFE courses. It is brilliant that women are enrolling perhaps due to requiring quick qualifications. Education is a necessity to end the poverty cycle
Some Universities have recently addressed harassment but TAFE ? Cuts in TAFE funding adversely effect women.
So employment, university are acting. What happens with harassment at schools. School counselors I suppose. Male entitlement is where this starts. Young males manipulating young females with lies and intimidating them to engage in sexual activity. Outside legal sexual harassment but tis harassment surely.
Is there a link between Domestic Violence and Sexual Harrassment?
Again surely just legal wordplay. Ex partners using sex to increase child access or to reduce maintenance is harrassment..the legal definition of domestic violence includes sexual assault
Manipulation by using the Differential In Power or Income by men is underreported
Finally Indigenous women are left out in discussions re Harassment and Inequality. Communities are often patriarchal so listening to the needs of Aboriginal Women is important.
Inequality in health impacts Rural and particularly Indigenous Women. Health care by internet is an issue due to cost of data and access in remote areas.
This is not my story, I am male and city dweller but I have an adult daughter so I support women empowerment. Thank you to NOW Australia for this oppourtunity
The 2016 PSS collected information about men’s and women’s lifetime experiences of sexual harassment.
- Two in five people (39% or 7.2 million) aged 18 years and over experienced sexual harassment during their lifetime.
- One in two women (53% or 5 million) and one in four men (25% or 2.2 million) had experienced sexual harassment during their lifetime.
- In the last 12 months, one in six women (17% or 1.6 million) and one in eleven men (9.3% or 836,700) experienced sexual harassment.
- For both men and women, younger age groups were more likely than older persons to experience sexual harassment in the 12 months. Approximately 38% of women (421,400) and 16% of men (185,200) aged 18-24 years had experienced sexual harassment in the 12 months prior to the survey.
Changes since 2012 Endnote 6
- The proportion of women experiencing sexual harassment in the 12 months prior to the survey has increased from 15% in 2012 to 17% in 2016.
- The proportion of men experiencing sexual harassment in the 12 months prior to the survey has increased from 6.6% in 2012 to 9.3% in 2016.