Committee ‘insulted’ by Geocon’s women’s day event

Share Canberra's trusted news:

THE UnionsACT Women’s Committee is preparing to protest tomorrow (March 8) against an International Women’s Day event organised by Geocon.

UnionsACT Women’s committee convenor Emma Turner. Photo: Twitter

UnionsACT Women’s Committee convenor Emma Turner says the event, which promotes property investment, is insulting.

“[Our] aim to show the insulting irony of Geocon’s event for investors on International Women’s Day,” Emma says.

According to UnionsACT Women’s Committee, Geocon has received public criticism for having topless waitresses on open building sites without safety gear, sexualised images of women in advertising, gendered naming of buildings, naked gold models at property events, and promotional videos for the “Tryst” apartment block featuring very young women looking semi-unconscious.

“[This event] is exploiting the decades of hard work and very real struggles of working women for social capital,” Emma says.

“What’s more, these kind of objectifying images have a direct link to gendered violence, which one in three women suffer.

“[We] decided to hold this snap protest to show that as feminists and unionists we will not stand for the objectification of women for corporate profit. We support the women entertainment workers but Geocon’s advertising is sexist.

“Canberra’s expensive housing market is affecting women most harshly and leading to rocketing homelessness rates – if Geocon cared about women they would be providing affordable social housing and ending their sexist advertising.”

The UnionsACT Women’s Committee will be protesting at Geocon’s “Tryst” building site from 4.30pm-5pm, Friday, March 8.

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleArts / Liz has another shot at being Bold
Next articleArts / ‘Explosive’ art event brings people together

Leave a Reply