Women reclaim streets
By TARANG BATES
THE WOMEN of Nimbin came together in a show of force on Saturday, to make their feelings strongly known about the continuing violence that a minority of people are subjecting their town to. The women's march, held on International Peace Day, consisted of about 200 colourful, passionate and vocal women. Banners, drums and instruments of sound accompanied their chanting, aimed at stopping the silence surrounding the violence. The march stopped in front of Rainbow Lane, which has become synonymous with drug dealing, violence and substance abuse, before proceeding to Allsop Park, another known trouble spot. The speeches focused on encouraging people to face reality, have courage to report violence by ringing 000 and support and protect victims of crime. The universal message of the day was to stop protecting and covering up for perpetrators of violence, and allow them to take responsibility for their actions. Fuelled by a cocktail of chemicals, alcohol, boredom and anger, this ugly behaviour is abhorrent to the thousands of people who live work and play in and around this colourful, stimulating and culturally diverse place called Nimbin. The women of Nimbin have had enough and it's difficult to understand a system where violent offenders, even while on good-behaviour bonds or bail, are able to continue this behaviour year after year, with no meaningful consequences. Mandy Hale, one of the or- ganisers, said the march had been organised on the spur of the moment, after a woman was assaulted. She found it really empowering to see so many women turning up, to voice their disapproval of violent behaviour. One of the highlights of the march was a crowd of women moving from the park to Rainbow Lane, making a strong and peaceful statement.