In the 3 months since the historic 21st January March, women’s health and safety rights continued to be threatened locally and globally, prompting Women’s March Sydney to gather again and raise our collective voice.
Women’s March in the Park took place 99 days after the first full day of the Trump presidency and was a strong call to action in support of fair and civic treatment of women worldwide. Echoing the January Women’s March, March in the Park was an inclusive event to present a united voice for human rights regardless of gender, race, religion, ability or sexual orientation.
MC’d by Karen James (businesswoman), the day included an Acknowledgement of Country and speech from Bronwyn Penrith (Aboriginal rights activist and key figure with Mudgin-Gal) as well as speeches from Lizzie Butterworth (It’s Time for Action), Darelle Duncan (End 12), Saba Vasefi (human rights activist), and Kate Taylor (Women’s March Sydney co-founder).
Following speeches, March in the Park attendees were able to visit a range of stalls where they had the opportunity to learn new skills, make art, connect with other likeminded and passionate people, and find out more about local campaigns. We signed petitions, wrote letters, made badges, sang ‘I Can’t Keep Quiet’ and shared why we march. Our day also featured performances by Iluka and Malaika Green.
Safety denied is equality deferred. We will continue to stand up, raise our voices, and act in solidarity to defend women’s health and safety.
Thank you to our photographers: Simone Cheung, Nigel Smith, & Lexy Potts