March 4 Justice
As news continues to unfold of alleged rape and gendered violence within the halls of Australia’s Parliament House, including reports of rape and harassment perpetrated by members of parliament, protests are being organised across the country.
March 4 Justice is a coordinated, nationwide effort calling for change in federal parliament’s workplace culture, and justice for survivors. Thousands across Australia have already committed to attending via Facebook.
In Melbourne, the rally starts at 12pm at the Treasury Gardens. Speakers will address the crowd, and organisers have chosen not to march to keep the protest inclusive and accessible. Attendees are encouraged to wear black.
Organisers have outlined four key demands:
• “Full independent investigations into all cases of gendered violence and timely referrals to appropriate authorities. Full public accountability for findings.
• “Fully implement the 55 recommendations in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Work report of the National Inquiry Into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces 2020.
• “Lift public funding for gendered violence prevention to world’s best practice.
• “The enactment of a federal Gender Equality Act to promote gender equality. It should include a gender equity audit of parliamentary practices.”
While the marches call for justice for women, they are open to everyone, regardless of gender, who wants to see an end to gendered violence.
On the same day, a petition outlining the demands will also be presented by a group of representatives at Parliament House.
If you would like to speak with someone about an experience you have had, or would like information, please call 1800Respect on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800respect.org.au.