A hastily called International Women's Day rally attracted around 150 people in Brisbane on March 11. Speakers condemned the state parliament's failure to pass laws decriminalising abortion, expressed solidarity with transwomen and Muslim women and pointed to the many ongoing attacks and campaigns for women's liberation. One person carrying a transphobic sign was answered by an expression of trans solidarity from the rally platform, widely and enthusiastically supported in the crowd.
Another feature of the rally was the recognition of the upswing in the global feminist movement including the campaigns for abortion rights in Poland and the resistance to the Trump presidency in the USA.
The rally took a stand against the attacks on penalty rates (which will affect women disproportionately), domestic violence and privatisation of education.
After speeches, the rally marched through the city streets.