First ever national study to investigate migrant and refugee women’s experiences of sexual harassment at work

Monash University

Perspectives of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds are being sought for a groundbreaking study capturing experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace.

In a national first, researchers from Monash University will partner with Harmony Alliance, the National Women’s Alliance representing migrant and refugee women, to investigate migrant and refugee women’s understanding of, experiences and responses to sexual harassment in a national study funded by ANROWS.

The project will build on the knowledge that migrant and refugee women are more likely to be in precarious employment or hold employer-sponsored visas, both of which can contribute to risk of sexual harassment and impact decisions to disclose or seek support.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Marie Segrave from the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre said, “Migrant and refugee women remain largely overshadowed in major national studies and national commitments to ending sexual harassment in the workplace.”

Results from the study will aim to build a national picture of the experiences of a diverse group of migrant and refugee women with the view of informing more targeted engagement with women and workplaces regarding unacceptable workplace behaviour.

Nyadol Nyuon OAM, Chair of Harmony Alliance said, “Thanks to the brave advocacy of survivors and the Respect

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