In 2007, human rights activist Sizakele Sigasa who fought for the rights of the LGBTI community in South Africa, went to a bar in Soweto with her friend and fellow activist, Salome Masooa. While standing outside of the bar, the two were heckled by a group of men who shouted out names like “tomboys”. That evening, both women were found dead in a field in … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 7 ~ LGBTI rights
When I first started my undergraduate degree at 18, I absolutely hated the Prime Minister at the time, John Howard. Admittingly, I appreciated his decision on banning guns early during his ministry, but as time progressed and more and more bad policy choices were being made, I started to doubt his ability to represent the Australian people. While the September 11 attacks changed the international … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 6 ~ Political Prisoner in Burma
When I first met Patrick Stokes earlier this year, I told him point blank that I don’t believe in love. He had a very concerned expression on his face, a kind of questionable look that said, “O, what have I gotten myself into?” But, what I really wanted to say was that I don’t believe in the definition of love as people have defined it … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 5 ~ Kierkegaard on Love and Selfhood
Hi everyone, thank you for joining me on the Moral Traveller. Today I will be interviewing Professor Michelle Tuckey from the University of South Australia on the subject of workplace bullying.
This podcast is all about human rights, but also about our personal stories and I want to talk more than I usually would in advance of my interview, because I myself was a victim of bullying. It is a very personal and very challenging story of mine to share, but I think about Brodie Panlock, a 19-year-old woman who experienced bullying from the men that she worked with at a local café in Melbourne, who ultimately took her own life, and it is heartbreaking to know that there so many people who have suffered from bullying as I have.
Bullying behaviour in the workplace is not simply just openly obvious and irresponsible behaviour such as yelling, swearing and intimidation, but can include also psychological harassment such as excluding or isolating, being assigned with meaningless work or being completely overworked, undermining work performance among so much more. People who experience bullying in the workplace can develop stress, depression or anxiety, are prone to illness, sleeplessness and insomnia, and at its worst, suicidal behaviour.
It took me many years after the experience to recover, and I changed from job to job out of complete fear that I will be bullied again, pushing people that care about me away, and having incredibly low self-esteem in my work as well as my physical appearances. All my confidence was taken from me.
It started with him saying comments about me to other workers, and they disclosed to me nasty things that he was saying, which made me feel incredibly uncomfortable and isolated. Even directly to me, whenever I would talk he would cut me off, complain, roll his eyes, or sigh really loudly, constantly belittling and undermining me, and he was often aggressive about it where I actually felt like I had to stay silent.Continue reading “Podcast: Episode 4 ~ Workplace Bullying”
Ethiopia is sub-Saharan country in Africa surrounded by Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti. Once called Abyssinia, King Menelik I is traditionally believed to have been the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, and its ports along the Red Sea became an important trade route with Arabia and the Roman empire, the Byzantines bringing Coptic Christianity into the region that eventually became … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 3 ~ Boat Person 16
Sara talks to Denis Dragovic, senior fellow at the University of Melbourne on the subject of religion and rebuilding countries after war. Denis’ professional career encompasses the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked as a civil engineer on multi-million dollar construction projects, led humanitarian aid missions in several war zones, consulted to United Nations agencies, lectured at the University of Melbourne, directed corporate and philanthropic fundraising at Australian Red Cross and now sits on the Australian government’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal Continue reading Podcast: Episode 2 ~ Religion and Rebuilding Countries After War