Watch the butcher shine his knives
And this town is full of battered wives.
– Streets of Your Town – Go Betweens
10am SAT 9 MARCH, EMMA MILLER PLACE, ROMA ST, CBD
ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORT WOMEN’S LIBERATION
ARE WELCOME TO RALLY AND MARCH
Updates at https://www.facebook.com/IWDbrisbane/
For more than 100 years, women across the globe have marked 8 March as
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
. To celebrate our achievements
. To build our international links and our relationships with allies
. To reflect on progress and how far we have yet to go for women’s liberation
Women’s liberation means ALL women – all classes, all backgrounds, from all countries and all cultures.
In 1908, 2000 women garment workers marched through New York City for
improved pay, shorter hours and the right to vote. This day was begun by working class women who organised through their trade unions and socialist organisations.
At the 1910 2nd International Conference of Working Women, delegate Clara Zetkin successfully moved for an International Women’s Day to be celebrated every year.
In 1911, IWD was commemorated by some European countries. In 1914 women’s suffrage marchers used IWD to raise their demands for the vote. The first Australian IWD was held in 1928 in Sydney. In 1975 the United Nations recognised IWD.
The risk of rape, sexual assault and violence circumscribes all women’s lives and court systems continually fail to deliver justice for women. The Australian Institute of Criminology estimates that 70% of sexual assaults against women are not even reported. Arguably, girls today are at greater risk of media hyper-sexualisation and rigid role stereotyping than they were 30 years ago. Vilification of girls and women is rampant and there are few legal protections against this.
Domestic violence claims at least one woman’s life every week in Australia and 16% of all Australian women have experienced partner violence. Aboriginal women are 45 times more likely than non Aboriginal women to experience domestic violence.
Our success is we are resilient and continue to fight for our rights. We organise through our unions and women’s organisations, on the streets and with people of influence.
IWD began in protest and political activism. To win, we must continue our political activism – See you at the IWD rally, 10am Sat 9 March 2019 Emma Miller Place
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (IWD)
. Betty Taylor, Red Rose Foundation. Femicide
. Lana Hudson, advocate for women in the Family Court System. The Abuse of Women & Children Continues through the Court System
. Erin Cameron, Sisters Inside. Prison Abolition: Eliminating Violence Against Women
. Jumping Fences
. Voice of Spanish Speaking Women
. Excerpt from Dames & Daredevils for Democracy