Learn and exercise on the Feminist Walking Tour

A previous Feminist Walking Tour, in November 2020. Photo: Rachel Evans/Facebook.

By TILEAH DOBSON

As the state prepares to reopen, NSW residents are already making a list of what to do. While many will be flocking to hair salons, the beach or to the pub for a pint, others will join a walk for a good cause, when activist newspaper Green Left holds the Feminist Walking Tour on 7 November.

At its core, the tour is about women’s, Indigenous and LGBTQI+ rights, and was inspired by Aboriginal practices of walking, talking, showing and doing.

Rachel Evans from Green Left spoke at length to the Sentinel about the event.

“Our tour reveals the rebellious sites of Aboriginal people, women and LGBTIQ resistance within Hyde Park, the Barracks and at the top end of Sydney’s Central Business District. We have eight stops along the route,” Evans said.

“History is written by the victors, and at the moment, Australia is ruled by the coal mining, gas exporting elites. But, history is ours … Of course, colonial, racist, sexist, homophobic, genocidal governments have oppressed the poor and denied their resistance.

“So we thought learning about campaigns through a walking tour could be a great adjunct to our article writing, podcast production, forums and films. We wanted to showcase activists in this tour, give them a platform to explain their struggle.”

Green Left newspaper covers and supports activists. Photo: Green Left/Facebook.

Originally, two tours were planned for 2021, however one was cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The tour held in November will be the only tour organised for the year.

In addition to exploring the rebellious sites of Aboriginal, feminist and LGBTQI+ resistance, Evans has a speech planned for the end of the tour on the 14-year struggle for marriage equality, which she herself was a huge part of.

“The marriage equality campaign was many things. At times, it was a vibrant and celebratory festival, but in the early days it sometimes felt like a never-ending struggle – one in which we were making minimal headway,” she told the Sentinel.

“In the fourteen years of the campaign, we won many concessions, including same-sex civil unions, registration schemes, adoption and surrogacy rights and the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages.”

The tour won’t break the bank, costing $30 for adults, $22 for low-waged earners or $50 for families of four. Students are encouraged to participate, with tickets costing $10. All proceeds from the tour go to the Green Left newspaper.

The walk will commence at 11am on Sunday, 7 November and will run for approximately 2.5 hours along a 3km, flat route, with water and nibbles provided.

For more information, visit the Feminist Walking Tour Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/3045413685743217.

For bookings, visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/feminist-walking-tour-tickets-156385845273.

Tileah Dobson is the news editor of the Sydney Sentinel.