March4Justice 2022 Key Information
March4Justice2 will be taking place on the 27th February, 2022. It will be a COVID-safe, inclusive and respectful environment, held around state capitals across Australia, as well as cities, towns and remote locations.
As the official press release reads:
"March4Justice is committed to providing a safe space for all women and their allies to be heard and events will be welcoming to First Nations peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, people from CALD and immigrant communities, people of all abilities and people from every area of the political spectrum. The only people who are not welcome to join March4Justice events are those who do not wish to embrace the values of inclusion; there is zero tolerance for hate speech, intimidation or of course threats of violence or violence."
Much like last year, the 2022 event will encourage a unique range of voices to speak at each event, tailored to the needs of their local community.
The exact locations of each event will be shared in early January and can be accessed here.
March4Justice currently has four key asks: full independent investigations into all cases of gendered violence and timely referrals to appropriate authorities; full implementation of the 55 recommendations in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Work report; lift public funding for gendered violence to world’s best practice; and enactment of a federal Gender Equality Act to promote gender equality and include a gender equity audit of parliamentary practices.
According to the official media release, only 38% of federal politicians are female, highlighting how underrepresented we still are in parliament. With Australia gearing up for another federal election, March4Justice is hoping to generate a "womanslide" where the votes of the nation's women will shape the country's future.
What happened at March4Justice last year?
Earlier this year, March4Justice took place on the 15th March and was organised by Janine Hendry. Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets chanting:
“What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!"
The protest took place shortly after former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins alleged she was raped in Federal Defence Minister Linda Reynolds’ office by a more senior male colleague in March 2019. (The accused denies the charges, and the matter is now before the courts.)
This year’s march is a celebration of what we’ve achieved so far and a timely reminder of what still needs to be done.
To find your nearest March4Justice team or to register your own visit march4justice.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.