On Monday 15 March, staff from the ANU Australian Studies Institute, Centre for Digital Humanities Research and Research School of Humanities and the Arts joined thousands at the March 4 Justice rally on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.
“Fantastic to be among thousands of Canberrans in front of Parliament House saying 'Enough is Enough - End violence against women'. Our so-called 'leaders' need to lead - do something about it!”
- Professor Paul Pickering, Director, Australian Studies Institute & Research School of Humanities & the Arts, ANU
March 4 Justice is a community action organisation focused on achieving equality and justice in Australian society.
The Canberra event included A Welcome to Country by Aunty Violet Sheridan. MC Julia Zemiro led participants in hearing from speakers including Brittany Higgins, Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Saxon Mullins, Madhumitha Janagaraja, Sally McManus, Michele O’Neil, Animata Conteh-Biger, Biff Ward, and Virginia Hausegger.
Speakers at the Canberra March 4 Justice rally also included two young women from ANU, Maddie Chia (ANU Students Association Education Officer), and Avan Daruwalla (ANU Students Association Women's Officer). They joined Anna Vidot on ABC Drive to explain why they wanted to be there, and what they want to happen next.
Listen to Maddie Chia and Avan Daruwalla on ABC Drive with Anna Vidot: Young Canberra women take the stage and call for change.
Professor Paul Pickering, Director, Australian Studies Institute, said that he was “proud to see the prominent role played by the Australian National University Students’ Association in the protest meeting demanding an ‘End of violence against women’.”
Australian Studies Institute staff Fiona Preston (Manager) and Jemima Parker (Marketing & Communications Officer) felt that it was important to attend the rally, in support of a call for cultural change across Australia.
“I marched for family, friends, colleagues – for all women across Australia and the world. We are exhausted. Enough is enough.”
- Jemima, Marketing & Communications Officer, Australian Studies Institute
“This was an important event to be part of and I was pleased to see so many AuSI, RSHA and wider ANU colleagues there supporting the movement. The speeches and energy from the crowd gave me a renewed passion to continue advocating for equality and safety for women. Enough is enough.”
- Fiona, Manager, Australian Studies Institute
Further reading + listening:
Chris Wallace on the Gender Politics of Australian Politics: On this episode of the AuSI + Menzies Australia Institute podcast, Professor Martin Thomas (Co-Director, Menzies Australia Institute, King's College London) talks to journalist and academic Chris Wallace. They examine the explosive gender crisis rippling through Australian politics. A chain reaction began in January this year when the remarkable Grace Tame was appointed Australian of the Year. Listen now»
Energy and integrity with Helen Haines: On this episode of Democracy Sausage, Independent Member of Parliament Helen Haines joins AuSI’s Professor Mark Kenny to discuss her plan for renewable energy in regional communities and integrity in Australia’s parliament. What changes need to be made to ensure that Parliament House is a safe workplace for all? Listen now»
Marching for justice: On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Professor Sharon Bessell (Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU), Dr Arnagretta Hunter (ANU Medical School), and Professor Kim Rubenstein (University of Canberra) reflect on the March4Justice protests and the policy changes Australia needs to make to end violence against women. Listen now»
Women’s March4Justice through a feminist policy lens: Associate Professor Fiona Jenkins (ANU Gender Institute), writing for Broad Agenda. Read now»
The women’s march was a huge success. Now comes the hard part: how to actually get something done: Associate Professor Chris Wallace (University of Canberra), writing for The Conversation. Read now»
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