Today on 20th April 2016, Australia’s new Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, will mark the beginning of her five-year term with an address to the National Press Club of Australia (NPCA). Commissioner Jenkins’ speech will be broadcast live on ABC News 24 at 12.30 PM.
Commissioner Jenkins will tell the NPCA that Australia needs to accelerate the pace of change to achieve gender equality.
Commissioner Jenkins started her term as Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission on 18 April 2016.
She was previously the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner and she has 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, including time as the lead partner of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Australian equal opportunity practice.
Commissioner Jenkins was included in the Westpac/Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence for 2015 for her work in public policy.
She is the convenor of the Victorian Male Champions of Change and co-chair of Play by Rules.
In her previous role as Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, Commissioner Jenkins was a member of the Aboriginal Justice Forum and chair of the Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour in Victoria Police.
Commissioner Jenkins is an AFL fan and recent recruit to the board of the Carlton Football Club, in Melbourne.
“Carlton is a club that has identified that it needs to meaningfully engage with women and girls as employees, as players and as supporters if it wants to grow.
“I will admit not every Blues supporter cares about gender equality in sport: the first comment I saw online to the news of my appointment was from a Carlton supporter called Gary, who said: ‘Poor old Carlton have hit rock bottom big time’.
“As a sport loving Australian, I am confident that one of the most powerful settings for change will be sporting codes of all persuasions,” Commissioner Jenkins said.