Rally for International Women’s Day: March 5

International Women’s Day rally 2011:

Women’s Rights are Human Rights!

End the NT Intervention!
Repeal all anti-abortion laws!
Equal work=equal pay!
Same sex marriage rights now!
End mandatory detention!

Saturday March 5, 1pm
Brisbane Square,
top of Queen St mall (outside Casino)

Email: iwdbrisbane
Phone: 0400 720 757, 0420 503 741

End the NT Intervention!
The NT Intervention has devastated Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory for almost four years. The Women’s Statement from the Defending Indigenous Rights conference held in Alice Springs in July 2010 was addressed to Prime Minister Gillard: “For three years the removal of our human rights has been justified with lies about protecting women from violence and feeding our children. We are living proof of the damage it has caused to us as Indigenous peoples of the NT who are trying to survive, live and practice our way of life…Income Management, cuts of the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP), the bi-lingual education ban in schools, compulsory five year leases over our land and housing – all these measures are taking away our control over our lives and our communities. Your legal discrimination against us has given a license to racists to abuse us in the street, in supermarkets and to attack our kids at school. We call for the immediate end of the NT Intervention and the resignation of Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin”.

See full statement at: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com

Repeal all anti-abortion laws!
Until they were acquitted on October 14, a Cairns couple had endured immense trauma as they faced charges brought under the state’s anti-abortion laws and the prospect of years in prison. The political and legal establishment had pursued the couple for over 18 months, yet it took a jury less than one hour to find the couple not guilty. The case showed just how out-of-touch with reality the political establishment is. The reality is that abortion is a fact of life and women’s right to control their own bodies is widely recognised and accepted. Yet the Bligh government continues to refuse to act. It is time to take to the streets to say no more. Women should never have to face the prospect of prison for choosing abortion. Repeal all anti-abortion laws now!

For more information: www.prochoiceactionqld.org

Equal work=equal pay!
Despite the legal gains that were made in the past, currently there is a 17% pay gap between the average earnings of men and women in Australia. The Australian Services Union (ASU) is fighting a case for equal pay for women workers in an equal pay test case for Community Workers. For decades the work of the 150,000 or so community sector workers across the country, who are predominantly women (85%) – has been undervalued and underpaid. The Federal Government pays lip service to equal pay but has not backed the ASU’s campaign. It’s time to pay up. Equal pay for equal work – now!

For more information: http://www.asumembers.org.au/equalpay

Same sex marriage rights now!
This year will mark the seventh year of the ban on same sex marriage in Australia, including the recognition of all same-sex marriages entered into overseas. The federal government, by opposing same-sex marriage, is effectively sanctioning homophobia. The same-sex marriage ban says loud and clear that it’s acceptable to exclude lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people. Last year saw the biggest protests in Australia’s history for the rights LGBTIQ people with tens of thousands of people across the country rallying as part of the national year of action to demand same-sex marriage rights and an end to homophobia. This campaign will continue until equal rights are won. Repeal the ban on same sex marriage now!

For more information: www.equallove.info

End mandatory detention!
There are currently 6433 people being held in detention centres throughout Australia including 982 children and 526 women. The majority of these people are refugees from the war torn countries of Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka and those fleeing repression in Iran. The length of detention is indeterminate and indefinite and many refugees face the threat of deportation back to danger if their claims are rejected. This mental torture creates conditions of great despair inside the detention camps – on top of the immense pain already suffered by those fleeing their homes because of wars and repression. The conditions of detention are intolerable and even worse for women. In a detention facility in Darwin, women report they have had to wait 6 months for underwear. They also report they are required to go to the office and line up and ask for sanitary napkins on the day that they start to bleed- not before. They are then given 6 napkins and have to ask for more as needed. End mandatory detention now!

For more information: www.rac-qld.org

One thought on “Rally for International Women’s Day: March 5

  1. Pat Cullen says:

    I think the same sex marriage rights stuff will put off a lot of people from attending. The day was originally International Working Womens Day. Maybe you should read Clara Zetkin to see what was intended for the day e.g where is the demand for decent and affordable child care – this would be more relevant than the pushy lesbian agenda

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