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Dr Genevieve Burnett

Executive Director

Dr Genevieve Burnett

Genevieve Burnett is Executive Director of NOW Australia.

She has a background in academia, law and communications, which provides her with the unique set of skills that she uses to work with the Board of NOW Australia to develop projects designed to end workplace sexual harassment.

‘I began my career in academia. After completing my PhD in women’s history, specifically the history of the international birth control movement from 1870-1920, I taught at both the University of New South Wales and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. I use the analytical skills I developed in academia and my understanding of social movements to achieve a very practical objective – ensure that NOW Australia helps people who are experiencing workplace sexual harassment and related retaliation, as well as address what is a “wicked problem” by achieving structural and cultural change.’

After working academia as both a lecturer and researcher, Genevieve took up the role of consultant historian at national law firm, Clayton Utz. During her time at Clayton Utz, she completed her law degree. As a result of the time she spent working in a large law firm, Genevieve has a good understanding of both the law and how the legal sector operates.

‘I’m acutely aware of the challenges people face when experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace. In particular, I’m concerned that a lot of people have no idea where to turn. In addition, they are concerned about coming forward because of the possible repercussions. As a result, I’m interested in exploring using user-centred to develop an online portal to enable people experiencing sexual harassment to access information and be able explore their legal options. For me, it is essential that NOW Australia’s initiative reach minority groups such as people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the LGBTQI+ community, as well as people with disabilities.’

For the past 7 years, Genevieve has worked as a communications strategist and copywriter for professional services firms, universities and not-for-profits.

‘At NOW Australia, I use my communication and legal skills to explain our objectives not only to the general public but ensure we collaborate effectively with stakeholders in both the gendered violence and legal sectors. I believe that the only way we will eliminate sexual harassment from the workplace is by taking an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach.’