Tens of thousands of people rallied in cities across the country Monday, marching and protesting against the gendered violence that has dominated Australia’s Parliament for the past month and persisted in Australian society for all time.
Survivors and allies called on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to immediately introduce a range of new policies, including a federal Gender Equality Act, mandatory sexual harassment training for all Federal MP’s and their staff, an increase in funding for gendered violence prevention and an independent review into the prevalence of rape and sexual assault in Parliament.
The rallies — which featured speeches by Australian of the Year Grace Tame, journalists, authors, activists and politicians — were spurred by two separate ongoing rape allegations against prominent Australian politicians and parliament staffers.
The allegations, one made by former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins and one against Attorney-General Christian Porter, have exposed sexism and a disturbing “cover-up” culture in the nation’s most powerful building, according to those rallying.
The day saw an array of social media activity, with attendees sharing photos of crowds, powerful signs and moving moments. Below, we’ve compiled some tweets we feel capture the spirit of the day, from posts featuring the names of women murdered in Australia since 2008 to those from organisations, politicians and women of all backgrounds, abilities and ages.
We attended the Melbourne Women’s #March4justice today. Ending all gendered violence in Australia – including aboriginal, multicultural women, women of colour and asylum and refugee women – must happen now. pic.twitter.com/HsATHo2OgY— Victorian Multicultural Commission (@multiculturevic) March 15, 2021
We marched for women who have experienced violence and abuse at the hands of men— Senator Lidia Thorpe (@lidia__thorpe) March 15, 2021
We marched for our Blak sisters who have suffered violence, abuse, racism and misogyny in this country for more than 200 years
No justice, no peace ✊🏽 #BlackLivesMatter#March4Justicepic.twitter.com/xKM0qw1jZA
My assistance dog and I are sometimes accosted in community and on public transport. In my experience this has always been by men. Living with disability creates an extra layer of vulnerability and exposure to potential harm. That’s why we #March4Justice today. #EnoughIsEnoughpic.twitter.com/YxozF3V2hX— Kim Browne (@mijuai) March 15, 2021
Haag staff #march4justice in solidarity with older women who have been copping disadvantage and sexual violence for their whole lives and now face homelessness and poverty in retirement pic.twitter.com/hTIQqY4lOz— Housing for the Aged Action Group (@HAAGHomeAtLast) March 15, 2021
Amazing pic taken by Nic Ellis from the @westaustralian at the #March4Justice in Perth today that goes to the heart of why thousands turned out to have their voices heard. #March4Justiceaupic.twitter.com/freEEZC0cr— Sarah-Jane Tasker (@SarahJaneTasker) March 14, 2021