Thursday, 11 February 2016

Kate Jenkins appointed federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner

The Commission would like to congratulate Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins on her appointment as the federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner.

Kate Jenkins profMs Jenkins has been the Victorian Commissioner since 2013 and has spearheaded many important pieces of work during this time. She leaves the Commission as a progressive, robust and committed organisation that continues to address issues of discrimination and human rights for all Victorians.

Chair of the Board John Searle said Ms Jenkins has brought great focus and energy to the role and has led the Commission with integrity and a passion to address issues of equality.

"The groundbreaking work Kate Jenkins has led at the Commission includes improving equality for people from many different communities in Victoria and this important work will continue as Kate leaves to take up her new role," Mr Searle said.

This appointment is reflective of the focus on gender equality Ms Jenkins has brought to her role as Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. This includes the Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, within Victoria Police; establishing the Victorian-based Male Champions of Change program and the upcoming review into equity and gender within the MFB and CFA.

Other important work that has marked Ms Jenkins's time in the role includes chairing the Disability Reference Group to address issues of discrimination for people with disabilities, overseeing the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission’s Beyond Doubt report, working with the Aboriginal Justice Forum, developing guidelines for transgender people in sport and co-chairing Play By The Rules.

The Commission Board and staff will continue their tireless work at the forefront of discrimination and human rights issues in Victoria.

"On behalf of the Commission, I wish Kate Jenkins all the very best for her new role as Sex Discrimination Commissioner. With its committed and exceptional staff, the Commission will continue to lead the way in the fight for equality and human rights for all Victorians," Mr Searle said.

Read the Australian Human Rights Commission's welcome to Kate Jenkins on her role as the new federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner

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