Saturday, September 13, 2008

Speak up on bullying

Bullying is often an issue for females in male dominated workplaces - such as the political sphere. It is a difficult topic to address and doing so can make people uncomfortable. Only 29% of Councillors Australia-wide are female and many of these women say they experience bullying during Council meetings. Without clear processes to address bullying, and the enforcement of these processes, political debate can degenerate to personal attacks (becasue of course this doesn't happen at the State and Federal level!). As difficult and as uncomfortable as it is, I encourage women (and men) to speak up about bullying in their workplaces in the hope that it is addressed - or better still, doesn't occur in the first place.

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