#March4Justice rallies say 'Enough is enough'!

March 15, 2021

The #March4Justice rallies and marches across the country on March 14-15 made a clear statement about the need to end sexual violence and rape in workplaces. Organisers estimate that 110,000 women and their supporters came out in 42 locations across Australia.

Women, allies and supporters have had enough. A prominent chant called for Christian Porter to resign. Another was: "The women, united, will never be defeated". 

Perth. Photo: Barry Healy

About 5000 people, mostly women of all ages, came together in Perth on March 14. The speakers were largely Aboriginal women. Barry Healy said the solidarity from the crowd was "electrifying". Popular chants were: "Hey hey, ho ho, Christian Porter has got to go!" and "Tell me what a feminist looks like! This is what a feminist looks like!"

Perth: Barry Healy
Perth: Barry Healy
Cairns. Photo: Angela Walker

More than 200 people marched in Cairns on March 14, reports Angela Walker.

Torquay: March 15. Photo: Supplied
Torquay: Photo: Supplied
Sydney. Photo: Peter Boyle

Organisers estimate that 10,000 people rallied in Sydney on March 15, Pip Hinman reports. The crowd spilled out of Sydney Town Hall Square, onto the tram line and around the corner while the first set of speakers addressed the crowd. It then marched to NSW Parliament for more speakers and closed with the crowd singing the feminist anthem "I am Woman" by Helen Reddy.

Sydney. Photo: Viv Miley
Sydney. Photo: Peter Boyle
Outside NSW Parliament Sydney. Photo: Peter Boyle
Sydney. Photo: Viv Miley
Sydney. Photo: Viv Miley
Adelaide: Photo: Renfrey Clarke

More than 5000 people rallied in Tarndanyanga (Victoria Square) in Adelaide, followed by a march along King William Street, reports Renfrey Clarke.

Adelaide. Photo: Renfrey Clarke
Canberra. Photo: Rachel Evans
Enough is enough. Brisbane March4Justice
Brisbane. Photo: Alex Bainbridge
I stand with her. Brisbane March4Justice
Brisbane. Photo: Alex Bainbridge
Brisbane March4Justice
Brisbane. Photo: Alex Bainbridge.
Fuck your boys club! Brisbane March4Justice
Brisbane. Photo: Alex Bainbridge
Trade union flags at the Sydney march. Photo: Peter Boyle
Geelong. Photo: Sarah Hathway

Five thousand people marched in Geelong, reports Sue Bull. Speakers included Sarah Hathway, union organiser in the health sector, MPfor Geelong Christine Couzens and City of Greater Geelong Councillor Belinda Maloney.

Geelong. Photo: Geelong Women Unionists Network
Hobart. Photo: Kirsty Burke

Two thousand people joined the protest in Hobart, spilling out of the park onto surrounding streets, reports Rose Matthews.

Hobart. Activist and advocate for survivors of sexual assault Grace Tame. Photo: #March4Justice / Facebook
Bisheno, Tasmania. Photo: Supplied
Photo: Geelong Women Unionists Network
Bendigo. Photo: Alex Milne

Alex Milne reports from Bendigo that around 500 people turned out to hear three speakers and all joining in a rousing rendition of "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy. 

Newcastle: Photo: Sabrina Syed

An open mike was a safe space for more than a dozen women to recount deeply personal experiences of discrimination, rape and other forms of  sexual violence, Steve O'Brien reports. The protest of more than 2000 people in Newcastle's Civic Park was chaired by Sara Motta, who introduced: Liann Taffe, a Warlga Ngurra woman and children's refuge caseworker; Helen Cummings, a domestic violence survivor and Lynda-June Coe who said there was a need to "burn this system to the ground".

Newcastle: Sabrina Syed

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