Report on International Women’s Day 2021

On Paradigm Shift 12 March 2021(4ZZZ fm 102.1 Friday’s at Noon) I played excerpts of speeches from International Women’s Day in Brisbane (Meanjin) held on 6th March and speeches from International Working Women’s Day held in the afternoon of the same day.

It is important to acknowledge and honour the work done by aboriginal grandmothers, aunties and mothers to maintain their language and culture through their children under truly difficult circumstances.

We also wish to give national and international perspective to this important calendar event by hearing speeches given by Julia Gillard in the Australian parliament and another by Alexandria Occasio-Cortez in the US congress. We have a packed program including great songs by women on the show.

I wish to give a language warning because some of the words spoken are very strong. Some of the speeches given are often personal and quite confrontational.

It is important to note that LeftPress Printing Society – a organisation of which I am a member – provided speaking equipment to both IWD rallies. I attended both rallies, helped provide the sound and I recorded the speeches given on the day. It is not possible to play the full program of the day’s events on Paradigm Shift so I have selected excerpts to report the major issues raised.

NB – During March 2021, 4ZZZ management disassociated themselves from the broadcast reporting speeches from International Women’s Day (IWD 2021). As a result, I resigned as an announcer at the station. I then received a request by 4ZZZ management “to remove all references to 4ZZZ and Paradigm Shift from your Soundcloud page“. Station management wrote “we have no issue with you hosting the IWD speeches.

I have made the following changes:

Ian Curr
1 April 2021
Workers of all countries unite!

Ian Curr
1 April 2021

Alexandria Occasio-Cortez speaks out after Republicans sexist attack.
Anna McCormack on men’s violence.
Brian Sullivan on ‘creeps’ speech.
Calypso – Anti-Poverty Network
Hannah on Poverty.
Julia Gillard’s anti-misogny speech.
Kath Deves speaking on behalf of Nerissa Scott – Save Women’s Sport (Australasia)
Sian – Anti-Poverty Network and Feminist Action

Support for Transgender people:

  • Q Life 
  • 1800 184 527
  • Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support
  • Web Chat available 


It is important to note 4ZZZ’s ongoing support & solidarity with the Trans community.

No progressive group should be discriminated against.

Jumping Fences – Yo Vengo a Ofrecer Mi Corazon
Helen Reddy – I am Woman
Allie Sherlock and the three busketeers – Creep (by Radiohead)

Image – Snr Constable John Watt arresting a woman at the 1978 IWD rally in Brisbane (Meanjin) at KGSq.

Ian Curr
12 March 2021

You can listen to these speeches below:

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