NOW Australia

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NOW is more than a movement

One in two women and one in four men will be sexually harassed in their lifetime. [1] Women of colour, those with a disability and LGBTI people are particularly vulnerable. [2]

When harassment happens at work, most people will not report it or seek support. They fear retaliation, or they simply don’t know where to turn. [3]

NOW Australia

Until NOW

NOW has been founded by a diverse group of women with extensive experience across research, education and advocacy. They are in consultation with existing services to find the best ways to support their important work. They will work with government, business, statutory authorities, and the community and legal sectors to make workplaces safe for everyone.

WIFT Australia has an active involvement in NOW Australia, with several committee members on the NOW Australia steering Committee and WIFT Australia - Queensland Director Katrina Graham has also accepted a position as board member for NOW Australia, "We reached out to Tracey Spicer at the end of 2017 because at that point we had just run Safer Workplace Strategies, the first screen industry wide forum on sexual harassment and bullying, and we knew she was also working in this space. I have always had immense faith in the power of humans working together for a greater good and collaborating with the NOW Australia steering committee - a diverse, amazing group of women - has only strengthened my sense of optimism. 

I am proud to represent WIFT on the board of NOW Australia.  I see NOW Australia as a natural extension of the work WIFT are doing to stop sexual harassment and bullying within our own industry. We know that these behaviours are fostered by a culture of systemic gender and power inequality. This is why gender parity across industries is essential to creating positive change.  I truly believe that a new day is on the horizon."

You can find out more information or make a contribution to the NOW Fund on their website.

Sources:

[1] http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4906.0

[2] https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/sex-discrimination/publications/change-course-national-report-sexual-assault-and-sexual

[3] https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/sex-discrimination/publications/working-without-fear-results-sexual-harassment-national