1. Introduction

What is this survey about?

The survey aims to find out how things like your cultural background, sexual orientation, race or disability, might impact your experience of sexism or gender inequality while working in legal and justice workplaces.

The survey is specifically working from the standpoint of intersectionality Intersectionality helps us to understand how gender inequality is experienced differently for diverse groups of women (Nsar 2020). It is an approach that recognises how forms of power and privilege – including colonialism, racism, ableism, capitalism, patriarchy, hetero-normativity, and cisnormativity — shape how women and gender diverse/non-binary people experience disadvantage. 

Who can take part?

We want to hear from women and gender-diverse/non-binary people working in legal and justice workplaces in Victoria, including lawyers, students, administrative staff, policy and education, paralegals, social workers, and more. 

Background to our research

In 2018, Women’s Legal Service Victoria undertook a survey on experiences of gender inequality and sexism in Victoria’s legal and justice sector. The research highlighted a culture of sexism within the sector that worked to disadvantage women and privilege men. Evidence tells us that sexism and gender inequality are the main drivers of violence against women (Our Watch 2017).

Some participants also described ways in which their ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age had an impact on their experiences while working in the sector. We want to explore this issue more with this survey.

How will the research findings be used?

The responses and experiences gathered in this survey will help us develop and implement intersectional workforce strategies and actions to address sexism and gender inequality in Victoria’s legal and justice sector workplaces.

This research is part of a Victorian Government-funded project, Start With Us.

f you have any questions about the survey please email monica@womenslegal.org.au
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