Sexual harassment does not belong anywhere in the society - especially not the workplace. To highlight this important issue, the inaugural Not In My Workplace (NIMW) Summit will be held on February 21, 2019, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
Karen Bolinger, CEO of Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), in particular, is leading the charge and calling on leaders in the business events sector to take critical action. "The Summit will provide a valuable opportunity to address how we answer the question 'what can I do' and critically, the actions we can take to stamp out sexual harassment at the workplace. As leaders, we have a duty of care to ensure our employees are safe, and the culture we foster will not tolerate this behaviour," she said.
This NIMW Summit comes at a critical time. The 4th National Inquiry on Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces found that one in three Australian workers have been sexually harassed at work over the last five years. Furthermore, PCMA, the world's largest network of business event strategists, found that 80% of respondents had experienced some form of on-the-job sexual harassment. Perhaps even more worrying is the fact that 75% of those event professionals didn't report the problem to the proper authorities immediately.
Through the establishment of NIMW, it is hoped that the conversation will shift from 'awareness to action' in addressing the issues of sexual harassment here in Australia.
The NIMW Summit will equip like-minded leaders with practical tools to ensure safer workplaces for everyone and drive real outcomes. It will feature a stellar programme of keynote addresses, panel discussions and professional development workshops.