16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Published: 28 Nov 2020


The MUA is joining the global 16 days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.


Join us by distributing our workplace flyer which can be downloaded by clicking here


Everyone has the right to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment. Gendered violence in the workplace can include any harmful behaviour that affects a person or is directed at them because of their sex, gender, sexual orientation, or because they do not conform to socially expected gender roles. Women are more likely to suffer violence and harassment in the work place, with 39% of women and 26% of men having experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in the past five years.
As a union we strive to improve quality of life for working people. We know that we can drive change that benefits us all. We all need to learn, understand and make a difference individually. It is up to all of us to oppose violence against women and promote a culture of non-violence and respect in our workplace and our community.
Domestic and family violence is not just a private or personal issue. Almost two thirds of women who experience violence at home have paid jobs, that’s 800,000 women in Australia.
At work, a recent survey in Victoria found:
64% of women experienced bullying, harassment or violence in their workplace
60% reported having felt “unsafe, uncomfortable or at risk” in their workplace
44% experienced discrimination at work
23% didn’t feel they are treated with respect at work
19% cited “unsafe work environment” as a decision to leave paid work.
It is a serious OHS issue for working people, and as a union we cannot accept it.
If you are in need of urgent assistance call ‘000’
The National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line - 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) - is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
MUA 24/7 Assistance
Hunterlink 1800 554 654


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney