The message of the gun-toting statue of explorer John McDouall Stuart was softened for today by a pink parasol and skirt in acknowledgment of International Women’s Day.
In Alice Springs the day was celebrated at Stuart Park in an event organised by Tangentyere Council’s Women’s Safety Group in partnership with the Alice Springs Women’s Shelter. The whole community was invited and many responded, black and white, women and men, girls and boys.
The atmosphere was festive, with the police presence seeming superfluous: the crowd was more focussed on chatting together and enjoying the music, stalls, food and activities for children.
– Kieran Finnane