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Leading the way
Eliminating sex
discrimination and
harassment in the
workplace

Dr Skye Saunders

Workplace sexual harassment consultant, international speaker, published author and associate professor of law

Dr Skye Saunders is one of Australia’s leading minds in the field of sexual harassment and sex discrimination.

Only one of a handful of experts to specialise in workplace issues, she has pioneered ground-breaking research on sexual harassment in the Australian bush.

Skye is a niche consultant who brings an extraordinary depth and breadth of academic, legal and research experience to her role. She partners with organisations, schools, universities, rural groups and women to shed light on all different aspects of sex discrimination.

1 in 3 Australians have experienced sexual harassment at work in the past 5 years

(Australian Human Rights Commission, Fourth National Survey on Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, 2018)

Less than 1 in 5 Only 17% of Australians made a formal complaint about sexual harassment.

(Australian Human Rights Commission, Fourth National Survey on Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, 2018)

85% of employers interviewed in one study indicated that sexual harassment can be an issue best ignored.

(Dr Skye Saunders, ‘Whispers from the Bush- The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women’ (2015), The Federation Press)

What Skye Does

Taking action with tailored solutions

Who Skye Works With

Workplace Organisations (inc Universities & Schools)

Skye delivers interactive sexual harassment prevention training workshops, workplace policy and training consulting, conference keynotes, special events, and one-on-one mentoring or coaching.

Rural Groups

Skye works with groups such as Country Women’s Association and National Farmers’ Federation in rural Australia to open up the conversation, and offer the insights and strategies needed to move forward.

Women in the workplace

Skye’s expert support includes effective strategies to respond to the pervasive ‘she’ll be right’ ethos, along with one-on-one mentoring sessions, where women are coached to reclaim their strength and assertive abilities.

This is not about blame. This is about making every opportunity count in building a fresh and thriving workplace culture.

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WHISPERS FROM THE BUSH

The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women

 

Dr Skye Saunders

This groundbreaking book is the first to focus upon the nature, pervasiveness and reporting of sexual harassment in rural Australian workplaces. It shines a light upon a phenomenon largely hidden or minimised by silence, distance and an atmosphere of ‘saturated masculinity’.

“Skye Saunders has opened a lens on an aspect of our Australian community that has received too little attention up until now. Whispers from the Bush is carefully researched and wonderfully written. It is a clarion call to us all to listen with compassion and without judgment, to play our part in making Australia a better place for all.”

David Morrison AO
Former Chief of Australian Army

“What is to be done about sexual harassment in the Australian bush? Saunders’ answers to this question can inform policies in other countries, such as Canada and the United States.

..Her contribution is timely, much-needed, and policy relevant. It will also speak to readers on many levels, as it did to me.”

Dr. Walter S. De Keseredy
(Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology, West Virginia University)

TRAILBLAZER

Skye Saunders is one of Australia’s leading speakers on sex discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Appearing regularly at national and international events, she has the ability to powerfully engage hearts and minds. Drawing from her own groundbreaking research, and her expertise on gender law and policy, Skye is able to articulate important issues around sex discrimination and sexual harassment in plain and compelling terms.

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Speaks On

Skye is on a mission to advance gender equality, including the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls in Australia and internationally.

She is one of Australia’s most prominent keynote speakers on sex discrimination, offering an intelligent and gracious voice on a contentious issue.

A trailblazer in her field, Skye drills down beyond the layers of law and policy into the heart of simple human truths. Her capacity to inspire change with articulate, powerful messages is second to none, making her an essential ally for communities and workplaces.

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Twitter

This short film called “Grace Under Fire” was produced by the @VicWomensTrust. The film amplifies the voices of Australian rural women on the topic of sexual harassment, also drawing on my research. You can watch it here: https://www.vwt.org.au/projects/grace-under-fire/ #MeToo @AustWomenInAg @UNE_Law