March 4 Justice 2022

In 2021, Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) rallied communities across the region to come together to call for safety and justice for women in our halls of power, workplaces, communities, homes and streets, as part of the national Women’s March 4 Justice.  

 

The March 4 Justice will take place again in communities throughout Australia on Sunday 27 February, 2022, and this time around, WHGNE is imagining a different way of organising and advocating for gender equality and women’s safety! 

 

We want to step out of the limelight and into the wings to support the community to come together and create its own local March 4 Justice action that reflects the values, make-up and spirit of the north-east Victorian and Goulburn Valley communities. 

 

This move reflects our belief in the need for organisations like ours to better support and empower grassroots groups to self-organise and advocate for the things that matter to them, in ways that work for them. 

 

As such, we’re setting the ball rolling with an invitation to community members of all ages, backgrounds, genders and abilities who are united in their determination to see gender equality realised from the highest levels of government to our local streets, to express interest in forming a north-east Victorian and Goulburn Valley March 4 Justice action group, which will organise and lead the local 2022 March 4 Justice. 

 

WHGNE will support the action group by connecting interested members of the community with each other; providing support, guidance, organising and advocacy resources as required by the community; and providing a platform for amplifying the messages of the local March 4 Justice. 

Interested? Here’s how we imagine this will work: 

1. Express your interest in working with other community members to organise a localised March 4 Justice in 2022 by completing this form

2. Women’s Health Goulburn North East will reach out to you early in 2022 to connect you with other interested community members and support the fledgling group to come together to begin its organising; 

3. The action group will take the lead in organising a local event to coincide with the March 4 Justice 2022, based on the four M4J key demands: 

    • Full, independent investigations into all cases of gendered violence and timely referrals to appropriate authorities. Full public accountability for findings. 
    • Full implementation of the 55 recommendations in the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Work report of the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces 2020. 
    • Lift public funding of gendered violence prevention to world’s best practice. 
    • The enactment of a Federal Gender Equality Act to promote gender equality. It should include a gender equity audit of parliamentary practices. 

4. WHGNE will provide ongoing support – if required – so the action group cans organise and lead the planning and implementation of the event, with options for support including: 

    • Assistance with the development of a values-based organising strategy;  
    • Guidance around creating an event that is inclusive, accessible to all, welcoming and safe; 
    • Promotion of the group via WHGNE’s networks and social media channels;  
    • Provision of resources and guidance to help the action group communicate its messaging to the wider community via social and traditional media;  
    • Support in completing documentation required by the police and council as part of the M4J planning process; 
    • Resources to help group members build their advocacy skills; 
    • On-the-day support.