WMG Mini-Course: Our Community with WM Sydney

This month Women’s March Global released our fourth of 5 actions to EndVAW (Violence Against Women). In partnership with our network of Global Chapters, we are running a mini-course called “Our Community”. Through this mini-course, we are making visible the issues women face in their local communities and emphasising that women’s experiences of violence are not isolated.

Our Global Chapters are sharing their experiences and the grassroots actions they are taking to advance women’s rights. This Webinar platform gives our Chapters the opportunity to showcase the global voice of the movement, engage in dialogue, and share stories across borders and timezones.

As part of the “Our Community” Mini-Course, Women’s March Global was in conversation with Jamie Evans, Chapter Ambassador for Women’s March Sydney. Violence against women in Australia is a national crisis. However, the government’s response to this issue, which causes disability, illness and premature death for women, is profoundly lacking. On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner and in 2018 alone, 69 women were killed as a result of gendered violence.

Women’s March Sydney is calling for change on a political and institutional level, and further, working tirelessly to bring the conversation about women’s rights into the public sphere in order to challenge underlying misogynistic and sexist attitudes.

“In order to pass the legislation that will benefit women, you need more women representation in parliament”
“While Australia may be physically far from other chapters, the reason why Women’s March exists on a global scale is that we experience the same misogynistic attitudes that permeate societies globally.” — Jamie Evans

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Maya Hendler is an Intern at Women’s March Global.