Greens women will walk out of the Senate on Monday to join a national protest calling for gender equality and an end to gendered violence, and are encouraging women from other parties and workers from Parliament House to join them.
The Women’s March 4 Justice is holding rallies in dozens of locations across the country on Sunday, March 14 and Monday, March 15. Greens Senators will join demonstrators at the Canberra rally on the lawns outside Parliament House on Monday.
“These last few weeks have made every woman in the country angry, sad, outraged and exhausted,” said Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson on women.
“We are calling on women parliamentarians from all parties, and women who work in Parliament House, to join the march, and stand in solidarity and demand better.
“The government’s reaction and its subsequent lack of action in response to allegations of sexual assault in Parliament House and allegations of rape against the Attorney-General have left many of us feeling disgusted and fed up.
“The Prime Minister has made it clear that he doesn’t believe women, will only think about the impact on us when his wife reminds him of it, and will go to any length to protect his mates.
“The Greens support the March 4 Justice demands, which include independent investigations into all cases of gendered violence, the implementation of all 55 recommendations of the Respect@Work report, and an increase in funding for gendered violence prevention.
“The March 4 Justice is proof that Australian women have had enough.”