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Women's rights

Everyone deserves fair treatment – but women often face unfair treatment because of their sex and assumptions about their abilities due to outdated gender stereotypes. Women are also more likely to be sexually harassed than men, which can prevent them from participating fully in paid work or public life. There are laws in Victoria to protect people from discrimination and sexual harassment, and to ensure that everyone can contribute meaningfully to society.

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is the gender pay gap in Australia

Workplace Gender Equality Agency


Noura's story

"The boss told me that he had only hired me because he thought I was good looking. It came as a real surprise because, up until then, he had seemed to genuinely value my work."

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Equal pay matters: Achieving gender pay equality in small-to-medium enterprises


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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians and recognises their culture, history, diversity and deep connection to the land.

We acknowledge that the Commission is on the land of the Kulin Nation and pay our respects to Elders past and present.