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Thousands of people with placards and banners rally demanding justice for women in Sydney, Monday, March 15, 2021, as the government reels from two separate allegations. The rally was one of several across Australia including in Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart calling out sexism, misogyny and dangerous workplace cultures.
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Tens of Thousands of Australians Join #March4Justice Against Gender-Based Violence

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Almost 2 million Australian adults have experienced at least one sexual assault since the age of 15. Ending violence against women by men will require education, a shift in harmful attitudes and widespread cultural reform from those in power. Join the movement and take action on this issue and more here.

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.

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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.