Barbara Wertheim is a former commissioner for equal opportunity, Victoria. She has provided advice on policy and services regarding violence against women to the federal and two state governments. In 1981 she led Australia’s first taskforce on domestic violence. She set up and managed the EEO Program of State Rail NSW. In 1994 she was the assistant commissioner on the inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment against Terry Griffith, NSW police minister. She has investigated sexual harassment complaints and conducted training programs on anti-discrimination law in some of our largest private and public organisations.
Men’s abuse of women is still a significant problem, but our government seems unwilling to genuinely acknowledge this fact. Continue reading »