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99 days ago, they marched. They marched for female-identifying people worldwide who still face inequality every day, in all its forms. Now, the Women’s March have met again in Sydney’s Prince Alfred Park to commemorate the 99 day milestone.
The March in the Park was one of many coinciding opportunities across the globe to reflect on the progress since the initial March, and the issues still left to tackle.
The Sydney faction of the Women’s March organisation includes a vast number of queer members in leadership positions, who volunteer their time to the cause.
Approximately 1,000 people rocked up to Prince Alfred Park in Sydney’s Surrey Hills, adorned with picnic baskets, slogan t-shirts, and homemade signs, and were treated to an afternoon of activities and entertainment.
The day began with a spread of stalls, activism workshops, and interactive art installations from supporting organisations such as End12, No Profit from Rape, Time for Action, Grandmothers against Detention of Refugee Children NSW, Share the Dignity, Feminist Legal clinic, and The University of Sydney Women’s Collective.
As guests settled down with their picnics, MC Karen James introduced a series of key speakers who commanded the stage and engrossed the audience. Notable speakers included Bronwyn Penrith, Simone White, Saba Vasefi, Lizzie Butterworth, Anna Groth, and Women’s March’s own Kate Taylor.
Taylor described the enormous traction gathered by the Women’s March in the days following the January March, and the pressure to continue the movement in force. “Membership [to the Women’s March] more than tripled after the initial March, and we were inundated with emails asking; ‘What’s next?”
From there, the afternoon mellowed out into live performances from Malaika Green, Iluka , Chicks With Decks, and DJ’s Sista Cini, Satva & Milky-T.
To catch up on the action from the day, head to the Women’s March Sydney Facebook Page, where you will find heaps of videos from the day. And if, after that, you still feel like you missed out, maybe drop the Women’s March a line and ask them, “What’s next?”