On the 27th February, March4Justice will take place across Australia. Tired of the lack of action from our government and the pervasive gendered inequality women face on a daily basis, the march will see thousands of women gather across the nation in peaceful protest.
Starting in 2021 as a grassroots movement, March4Justice pulled in over 100,000 people, the peaceful process demanded officials in Canberra to take notice. This year, even more are expected to march, for some of the same reasons and some new ones.
Last year's march took place against the backdrop of Brittany Higgins' allegations and attracted notable media attention, so it is hoped that this year will do the same.
Below, everything you need to know about March4Justice 2022.
where is march4justice happening?
The full list of events are still in the finalisation process but you can find a list of registered events here and stay tuned for more details closer to the march date.
Given that some people may be hesitant to attend the protests in real life, the organisation will also be hosting a series of virtual events which attendees can tune into at home. People are even being encouraged to host their own events with friends at home, in a park or wherever else they choose to gather. Marching on social media is just as valuable as marching in person, so there's no reason to feel disheartened if you're unable to physically attend. There are a lot of different options depending on your comfortability level.
what are we marching for?
This year, March4Justice is taking place for 4 key reasons, outlined below.
1. The safety of all women in Australia, with First Nations women being a priority**
- End racial violence to First Nations women by the State.
- Stop the removal of First Nations babies and children from their mother and the assimilationist policies that harm families today.
- Support Voice, Treaty and Truth for First Nations people.
2. Women's safety at work and at home
- Fully implement the 55 recommendations in the Australian Human Rights Commission's [email protected] report of the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces 2020.
- Increase funding for domestic and family violence prevention and support services. Specialist services are needed. Services for children, Indigenous women, women with disability and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, for women in aged care and for trans and gender non-conforming people, as well as perpetrator intervention programs, should all be fully funded on a long-term basis.
- Address in all forums the gendered violence and inequality that affects members of LGBTQI communities.
3. Real action to end gendered violence and promote gender equality
- Independent investigations into public entities and public office holders for all cases of gendered violence, with referrals to appropriate authorities and full public accountability for findings.
- Establish a national Gender Equality Act to promote gender equality in public institutions and public policy.
- Change budget policy and practice to promote gender equality and economic growth.
4. Criminal justice reform
- Criminal justice law reform with a consistent national approach to domestic and family violence protection orders and offences, and sexual assault laws and sentencing.
- A national review, led by all Attorney's-General to develop new approaches to sexual assault trials and criminal procedure and systems that are survivor centred, and address bias in the law.
- Support the ALRC Report Pathways to Justice Report and the justice reforms for Indigenous Women.
If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, help is always available. Call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit their website.