International Women’s Day

Today while I was sad to see fewer women in well-paid jobs I was very lucky to be able to celebrate, in brilliant sunshine, International Women’s Day with a wonderful and diverse group of women on the walk for peace.

“This Peace Walk for Women was organised to raise awareness of our interconnectedness and interdependence in our hope and work towards the attainment of peace. We invite all women from all walks of life, from different religions and diverse beliefs, from different ethnicities and cultures to join the Walk. Walk to support the protest against violence on women and children. Walk to support protest against wars.”

I even got to release a dove as a symbolic gesture  – I may have to practice that.

It was wonderful to be with a group of women committed to keeping gender on the agenda. To tackle violence against women and children we also need to tackle all the other indicators of inequality because it all works in a system.

To do my bit towards peace in the year ahead I will: continue to consider what everything might mean for women; campaign for adequate funding for sexual abuse support services; support pay equity initiatives especially for aged care workers; continue to promote my equal pay bill; and listen to and speak up for everyone who is marginalised.

17 thoughts on “International Women’s Day

  1. I feel the guilt for having a penis descending upon me like a ton of bricks!…no, like the weight of the ocean at the bottom of a deep sea trench!!

    Oh who will rescue me from this body of a beast! the inescapable desire to beat women and children and the inevitable internal tensions of being compelled to oppress and do great acts of evil!!

    Oh woe is me!!!

  2. Agreed Shunda – I too feel the need to be sarcastic and express my disdain whenever women do something without men. It’s really threatening for us insecure types, isn’t it?

  3. Actually, gender issues aside, I do feel genuinely sarcastic about these sort of ‘peace’ events because they are so vague and unchallenging. When I see a message of support from Helen Clark, who’s government vastly increased military spending and embroiled us in several military actions, I feel pretty cynical.

  4. @Shunda barunda

    Impressive how you have managed to interpret a day to celebrate women into being all about you and your limited opinion of how women experience the world.

    TG the Jan Logie’s of this world are around to balance out your massive ego.

  5. Just another bunch of latte drinking soccer mom socialites looking for attention and claiming victim status and all the benefits being a percieved victim comes with.

    Next week they will be campaigning for something else

    – save the whales
    – save kids in Africa
    – save the trees
    – hybrid cars
    – gun control

    Anything to feed the need to have moral high ground over other.

    Sick people.

  6. I should have added to above these are sort of people that get onto whatever diet is “trendy” then laud it over people that dont come up to their healthy easting standards.

    You see it with Vegans and how they think they are morally superior to meat eaters.

  7. God forbid that people should campaign to save African kid’s lives.

    “Just another bunch of latte drinking soccer mom socialites looking for attention and claiming victim status and all the benefits being a percieved victim comes with.”

    I’m always impressed by the psychic abilities of many blog commentators, able to deduce the status, coffee preferences, psychology, unreported activities and motivations of people simply by looking at a photo and a short report of an event.

  8. “What’s a soccer mom?”

    A US term, for moderately well-off women engaged mostly in childcare work,used out of context here, which has become part of the neo-liberal lexicon of meaningless slogans repeated ad nauseum. Similar to “four legs good, two legs bad” repeated by the sheep in Animal Farm to drown out rational political debate.

    I’m a latte libertarian myself, but I prefer the alliteration in ‘cappucino crusader’. Notably, the right hasn’t noticed that latte (or whatever espresso variation you prefer) drinking is pretty much declasse these days.

  9. I was being ironic – I don’t know any “soccer moms” – it is a meaningless term for the hard-working, thinking, caring women that I know. Is Mrwhatsit being satirical do you think? Surely he isn’t for real? No-one could be that stupid and bigoted – has to be a clumsy attempt at humour.

  10. Actually no im not trying to be funny and you dont need to be a mind reader.

    These “causes” are more about people with their own underlying issues who deal with them by joining marches, anti groups, or going on fad diets in some misguided attempt to be somehow morally superior to others and laud it over them (or other fkd up reasons)

    Anti-Gun Groups, Feminist Movements, Save the (insert hot topic here), become a (Vegan or whatever diet makes me look trendy), its all the same.

    Of course 99% of you here cant see it, becuase you are all part of the same gaggle of geese all agreeing with eachother to boost your egos, blinded by your own superiority complex.

    You are all mentally ill.

  11. Golly Mrthing – you really do have some problems, don’t you? I guess we just have to ignore your negative unconstructive postings – if you have nothing useful to say, why bother being in here at all?

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