Why I Had My Say On International Women's Day

mairi
Posted March 29, 2016 from Australia
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I was invited to be the keynote speaker for our local council's celebration on IWD 2016. It was a cruel 40-degree day for autumn and that afternoon I marched in the city with my daughters with many determined women celebrating 'our' day. The evening before we had marched to plea for 267 asylum seekers and their children to remain in Australia and not be sent to the detention centre in Nauru. The treatment of refugees, particularly children is an ongoing crisis of conscious for many people in Australia because both major political parties have policies of offshore detention and 'turn back the boats'.

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Soumya Vilekar
Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

A wonderful initiative and you had your say Mairi! To speak unite voices and talk about the prevailing issues of asylum seekers was a big job.

Best wishes for all your efforts

mairi
Mar 29, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

Thank you for reading, Soumya. Your comment much appreciated.

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 03, 2016
Apr 03, 2016

Dear Mairi,

Congrats on being asked to keynote the IWD 2016 in your area, and for raising daughters who walk with you. Your banner is powerful. It is also so good to know that you are raising your voice against the inhumane treatment of refugee people trying to arrive by boats. News of the "turn back the boats" has been widely reported. I hope the same for your voice and the voices of others working to ensure safe arrival for everyone.

Happy belated IWD, sister,

Tam

mairi
Apr 03, 2016
Apr 03, 2016

Thank you for reading my post and for your supportive comments Tam. Happy belated IWD to you too - and many more of them:)

We have a long way to go regarding refugees but compassion is spreading.

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