Scott Morrison’s COVID-19 Announcement Reflects What Women Have Been Saying For Years

On the 29th March 2020 when addressing government actions regarding COVID-19, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said these words about the 2 person rule:

‘That provides, importantly, for those who may be getting daily exercise, particularly for women, that they wouldn’t be required to walk on their own and they’d be able to be able to walk with another person.’

This post isn’t to discuss Australia’s reaction to COVID-19 or to analyse and debate Scott Morrison’s leadership skills. This post is a reaction to those particular words and the fact saying them was deemed necessary. Because, let’s face it, despite all the progress the world has made, often women do still feel unsafe in their day to day life.

I want to live in a world where women feel just as safe as men do.

I want to live in a world where reassurance like this isn’t something politicians have to consider saying because the words simply aren’t needed.

I want to live in a world where women don’t have to worry about their safety when they exercise, when they go out by themselves or when they walk at night.

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I want to live in a world where I, as a woman, feel just as safe when I am alone as when I am with someone else.

I want to live in a world where women don’t have to preemptively evaluate going places or doing something.

I want to live in a world where, in the midst of a global pandemic, politicians don’t feel they need to reassure women that they will be safe when merely going for a walk.

The whole world is scared right now. Terrified, even. Every action we take is one we question – can I go there? Will I be safe? That person walking towards me – should I turn back or should I keep going? If I go outside and something bad happens, will people say it’s my fault for going out at all, even though I’m only going for a walk as allowed?

Sometimes I wonder if the whole world is waking up to realising, in some way, what it’s sometimes like to be a woman.

Can I go there? Will I be safe? That person walking towards me – should I turn back or should I keep going? If I go outside and something bad happens, will people say it’s my fault?

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