Women in Australia march against sexual violence and injustice

Updated: Mar 15, 2021, 01:13 PM(IST)

Thousands of women gathered outside Australia’s parliament on Monday to protest against sexual assault against women, and calling for measures to push gender equality. What triggered the outpour? Take a look below

Rampant misconduct

Rallies were triggered a recent wave of allegations of sexual misconduct, abuse, and discrimination in some of the country’s highest ranking political offices.

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Why are women wearing black?

Women were seen wearing black while chanting “We will not be silence”. Protesters claim black represents “strength and mourning”.

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Melbourne’s homage to victims

In addition, protesters in Melbourne carried a white banner running into metres bearing the names of women who faced gendered violence in the country and died since 2008.

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Two petitions ready

Meanwhile, outside the Parliament House in Canberra, protesters are set to deliver two petitions calling for change.

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Attorney-General under radar

Recent rape allegation against Attorney-General Christian Porter stoked the movement. He has denied the alleged assault dating back to 1988.

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PM’s unnamed aide also accused

A former senior adviser to Morrison’s Liberal party has been accused of rape by several women. The man has not been named so far.

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