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Sexual Harassment – Prevention & Positive Action

Sexual Harassment – Prevention & Positive Action

Date & TimeThursday 30 September 2021 5.30–7pm
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The Law Institute of Victoria and Victorian Women Lawyers invite you to join us for our upcoming panel discussion on sexual harassment in the legal profession.

Women now make up more than half of all practising solicitors in Victoria. It is imperative that we commit to addressing the many intersectional gender-specific challenges that exist in our profession. This includes gender inequality in leadership, sexism and discrimination in the workplace, and gendered roles and stereotyping.  

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  • Full Description

    Women now make up more than half of all practising solicitors in Victoria. It is imperative that we commit to addressing the many intersectional gender-specific challenges that exist in our profession. This includes gender inequality in leadership, sexism and discrimination in the workplace, and gendered roles and stereotyping.  

    The LIV have recently launched the Charter for the Advancement of Women, which prompts signatories to establish procedurally fair and transparent sexual discrimination and harassment complaints processes, among other commitments.

    The Law Institute of Victoria and Victorian Women Lawyers invite you to join us for our upcoming panel discussion on sexual harassment in the legal profession.

    Discussion topics include:

    • How we can continue the discussion to promote gender-specific challenges in the workplace
    • What is driving sexual harassment in workplace
    • What are the structural impediments to change
    • How can firms implement the proposed guidelines and what needs to be in place for them to succeed.
  • Presenters
    Host:

    Vanessa Shambrook, President, Victorian Women Lawyers

    Chair:

    Tania Wolff, President, Law Institute of Victoria

    Panellists:
    • Dr Helen Szoke AO, Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts
    • Susanna Ritchie, Managing Lawyer, Launch Legal
    • Sophie Gale, Starts With Us Project Manager, Women's Legal Service Victoria

    About the presenters:

    Dr Helen Szoke AO, Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts

    Dr Helen Szoke has had a career spanning community, health, education, regulation and international development.

    She is a strong advocate for human rights and has extensive experience in management, advocacy and public presentations. She is a non-executive Director, currently sitting on the Council of the University of Melbourne, the Board of Life Without Barriers, Co-Chair of the Collingwood Expert Advisory Group on Anti-Racism, Advisory Committee Member of the Climate Project Griffith University, member of the Expert Panel to Indigenous Business Australia and is an independent member of the Judicial Commission of Victoria.

    Helen also led the Review into Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts and the report was launched in April 2021. She was the inaugural Chair of You Matter, an independent charity supporting women who are relocated following domestic violence.

    Helen's many awards and honours incude an Order of Australia for distinguished service to social justice through roles with human rights, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity organisations, to health sector policy development in 2018 and to the disadvantaged and the ‘Law Institute of Victoria Paul Baker Award’ for her contribution to human rights in 2014.


    Susanna Ritchie, Managing Lawyer, Launch Legal

    Susanna is a new breed of lawyer helping unlock the people power in business. Together with her team of consultants and lawyers, she helps high profile and trusted brands transform their workforce into a well-oiled machine, and promote diversity, inclusion & wellbeing at work.

    She has leveraged her background in an award winning law firm, as an in-house advisor in central government and as a senior leader at Victoria Legal Aid into not one but two nimble and client-focussed businesses removing the time, hassle and expense from employment law.

    She is passionate about access to justice and is an enthusiastic leader at Amnesty International Australia. She served on its Board for four years and was Co-chair of its National Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing Steering Group during the development and introduction of Amnesty’s first diversity, inclusion and wellbeing strategy and action plan.

    She is mum to two beautiful and fiery pre-schoolers, and spends a lot time playing lego, make believe games and on trampolines. She is otherwise a longstanding and committed member of the Law Institute of Victoria, and is proud to be supporting its work pioneering sexual harassment training for the profession directed at addressing and changing the cultural norms of the profession which are enabling the prevalence of sexual harassment in the legal sector.


    Sophie Gale, Starts With Us Project Manager, Women's Legal Service Victoria

    Sophie came to Women’s Legal Service Victoria in early 2020 after working in local government for 15 years, specialising in health planning, health promotion and prevention of violence against women.

    Following the completion of a Masters of Women’s Health in 2012, Sophie has led prevention of violence against women projects across a number of settings, including early childhood education.

    Sophie is the Project Manager of Starts With Us, a project led by Women’s Legal Services Victoria to drive gender equality action to prevent violence against women in the Victorian Legal and Justice sector.


    Vanessa Shambrook, President, Victorian Women Lawyers

    Vanessa is a lawyer at Women’s Legal Service Victoria, working with women experiencing disadvantage to assist them in relation to issues arising from relationship breakdown. She graduated with degrees in both Law and Commerce with a major in Marketing from Deakin University and has worked/volunteered in various non-legal roles in Marketing and Communications.

    She is the President of Victorian Women’s Lawyers, a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to achieve equality for female identifying lawyers. In 2018, she founded the ‘Wellbeing Series: The Road to Resilience in Law’, to encourage initiatives focused on self-care for lawyers, including helping lawyers find their passion and purpose and continues advocating for safe & healthy workplaces for the legal profession. She is also a Director of Her Place Museum, a not-for-profit organisation that celebrates the social, civic, and entrepreneurial achievements of all Australian women and their role in shaping our nation.

    Connect with Vanessa: LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

     

  • Registration, Pricing & Webinar Information

    Registration Information

    Online registrations close 12 hours before the webinar begins. If you would like to book after online registration has closed, please contact the events team on 03 9607 9473 or register@liv.asn.au.

    Full Pricing Details

    Member price: Free
    Non-member price: Free

    Webinar Details

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