March 4 Justice
(Community Recognition Statement, March 18 2021, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney electorate, I wish to put on record my appreciation for the organisers and participants of the Women's March 4 Justice on 15 March 2021.
March 4 Justice brought demonstrators together across Australia, calling for our leaders to be held accountable, demanding an end to violence against women and for systemic change to stamp out sexism and misogyny within our parliamentary systems, workplace cultures and broader society. I was proud to join thousands of determined people who attended the rally at Sydney Town Hall. I stood with activists, workers, students, retirees; people who were new to the cause and people who have fought for women's equality for decades. United together, this diverse crowd raised their collective voice to say "Enough is Enough". Speakers talked of the importance of listening, believing and supporting victim-survivors as critical to addressing gendered violence in our society. I thank the Women's March 4 Justice for mobilising the people of Sydney and Australia and demonstrating that urgent change is necessary to create a culture where women are safe and treated respectfully as equal human beings.