Submission to the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings

Engender Equality calls for an adequate understanding of the role that organisational culture plays in enabling child sexual abuse in institutional settings and proposes that hierarchical allocation of power within bureaucratic systems reduces the opportunities for individual accountability, with the result of diminished transparency. Our submission has been researched and written by Dr Morag MacSween and is informed by over three decades of experience as a service provider, advocacy organisation and strategic partner in the Tasmanian family and sexual violence sectors.

2021 Rapid Evidence Assessment: Family and Intimate Partner Violence against Women with Disability

Conducted by Dr Morag MacSween, this rapid evidence assessment summarises existing data about family and intimate partner violence against women with disability, concluding that current policy and service responses are overwhelmingly inadequate.

These findings were used to inform Engender Equality's submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

2021 Submission: Child Safe Organisations Bill

We strongly endorse the development of a legislative framework to uphold children's safety in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – however, to be meaningful, the Bill must include measures that ensure it is applied consistently and transparently by Government and non-Government agencies alike.

Stakeholder Engagement Framework

We know we are not in this alone! Please visit our Stakeholder Engagement Framework to read about our plan to work across the community to eliminate violence against women, non-binary and trans people.

2020 Submission: Inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence.

As the Tasmanian community emerges from the severe restrictions of the early pandemic response Engender Equality anticipates complex ongoing impacts for victim-survivors of family, domestic and sexual violence.

In this submission Engender Equality addresses a wide breadth of issues pertinent to our clients’ immediate experiences and our own organisational learnings.

2019 Submission: Religious Discrimination Bill

This amendments proposed in the Religious Discrimination Bill work against the national framework for the prevention of violence against women by allowing for statements that condone violence against women, limit female independence, and reinforce negative gender stereotypes