Wednesday last week marked International Women’s Day and on Saturday hundreds of women in Sydney marched in solidarity with women across the globe.
The 2014 Women’s Day March was actually the first SRC event I ever attended as a bright-eyed and bushy tailed first year. I remember being in awe of the sheer empowerment I felt from just being surrounded by women who were demanding that their voices be heard.
Each year on International Women’s Day I’m reminded of how I felt on that day in 2014. I’m reminded of how incredibly lucky and privileged I am to be in the position that I’m in, of all the strong women in my life and of all the women who have fought before me.
However each year I’m also reminded of just how far we have to go and how many women are still fighting to achieve equality. There are still women who face daily discrimination based on their skin colour, their sexual orientation and identity, their bodies and even the work they perform. At a local level we are facing constant cuts to women’s services and shelters, abortion is still illegal and many of us still get taxed for buying essential sanitary products.
This is why I’m so excited to see such a revived and energized women’s movement on this campus and all over the world. Its up to us carry on the work of the women before us – to never remain complacent, to support our sisters and not just our CIS-ters and to smash the patriarchy.
A small thing you can do right now to support women is visit noprofitfromrape.org and sign the petition to stop the privitisation of 1800RESPECT the national telephone and online counseling service for women, men and children experiencing domestic or sexual violence.
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