Meanjin/Brisbane International Working Women's Day Rally!

Time: Sunday, 8 March 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (AEST)

Location: Queens Gardens, 144 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Organised by: Feminist Action

Join us in celebrating International Working Women’s Day! In a world where patriarchal violence, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia are still powerful forces to be reckoned with, now more than ever we need a feminist movement that can stand together, uplift and empower women and organise to fight for liberation!

We will be giving a platform to people from a variety of causes that are of dire importance to women’s liberation today such as the struggles against racism, ecological destruction, colonisation and the religious discrimination bill. Under this proposed law doctors may refuse to provide patients with contraception, abortions, or hormone treatments – or may tell a transgender patient of their religious belief that God made men and women in his image and that gender is therefore binary. A nurse may refuse provide the morning-after pill to a woman admitted to hospital after a sexual assault. The only pharmacist in a small town may refuse to provide the pill or other contraceptive treatments. A single mother who, when dropping her child off at daycare, may be told by a worker that she is sinful for denying her child a father. A woman may be told by a manager outside work that women should submit to their husbands or that women should not be employed outside the home. Bodily autonomy is a vital component of our liberation – we just won the right to abortion here in QLD, bills like this are an insidious plot to chip away at these hard won rights until nothing is left. We cannot allow this to happen, we must fight back.

IWD was originally called International Working Women’s Day, and acted as a day of protest for the rights of working women: equal pay, maternity leave, equal rights in general. Nowadays, it tends to be more of a celebration, as if women have all the rights they could want. We believe in reminding people of the struggles still to come and throw back to the day’s socialist origins, emphasising a day for women who all do so much work, whether paid or not.

So join us in Queen’s Park, and together we can continue the fight for justice and liberation.

All welcome except bigots, a shaded children’s area will be available.

This event will be taking place on the unceded sovereign lands of the Jagera, Turrbal and Yugarapul peoples. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

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