We are women, hear us roar
Mar 5, 2019
On 8th March, women around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day.
What is International Women’s Day?
This day aims to recognise the achievements of women from all backgrounds and walks of life, whilst calling for greater equality. Its beginnings go back to the early 1900s when women in Europe, the US and Australia began demanding an end to inequality, access to equal pay, better working conditions and voting rights. The first International’s Women’s Day was held in March 1911, has been held on 8th March since 1913 and was officially adopted by the United Nations in 1975.
What women’s marches mean
In some countries, International Women’s Day is also an official holiday – not yet in Australia. Historically Australian women have united in marches and walks to show solidarity, to protest sexism, bigotry and racism, to support equality, civility and justice. From the 1940s when activists campaigned for women workers’ rights to 2017 when hundreds of thousands of women united in the “Women’s March” in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, women have marched. Marches and walk-outs continue to attract media attention and focus public attention to an issue. In recent months, students walking out of school to protest climate inaction by government, workers walking out to protest discrimination, gender pay gap and sexual harassment have all hit the headlines.
It is important we remember and recognise the power of peaceful protest and action – marches, walk-outs, sit-ins and strikes – which can effect change across the world. Closer to home, however, is the walk to celebrate International Women’s Day held by the City of Darwin next week. This event – Saturday 9 March 8.30am start – draws attention to women’s concerns locally, nationally and globally and marks the tenth year in which the day has been marked. A walk through the city centre and celebrations in Civic Park are planned, with celebrations including speeches, information stalls, live music, children’s activity area and refreshments. Participants are encouraged to wear purple and bring banners. Hashtag #MorePowerfulTogether.