Call for action against sexual harassment in Australian science

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Survey results suggesting that more than one third of Australian science workers have experienced sexual harassment have prompted calls for an national action plan to address the issue.

The survey – conducted by peak representative organisation Science and Technology Australia (STA) – involved nearly three hundred responses from across the sector.

“Our survey has received reports of sexual harassment at conferences, in laboratories, in offices, and in the field,” the report states.

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Gender balance in focus for 2019 edition of IWD

International Women’s Day 2019 will focus on gender balance and is expected to result in renewed calls for equal representation of women in the workplace and in cultural and political institutions.

First held over a century ago as International Working Women’s Day, for much of its history IWD has focused on achieving equal rights for working women across the world.

Grown from union roots, the event was first recognised by the United Nations in 1975 and now seeks to foster global solidarity among all women and includes an annual thematic focus.

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