‘Love and Justice’ – a women’s anthem composed by Kavisha Mazzella and gifted to women everywhere.
In 2008, the Victorian Women’s Trust commissioned Melbourne-based songwriter and musician Kavisha Mazzella to compose a women’s anthem.
In October 2008, we brought together over 450 women from different parts of Victoria to rehearse the anthem in preparation for its first performance in late November.
The first public performance took place at BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square Melbourne, on 29 November 2008 and celebrated the centenary of Victorian women’s right to vote in state elections.
“To the Trust: thank you for being the inspiration behind a most wonderful gift to women: an anthem by the wonderful Kavisha, an anthem that tells of women’s struggle and of their hopes for the future. I just know that we will hear it and sing it many times but I will always remember the emotion, the connection and the joy of hearing it for the first time today”
– Choir member, women’s anthem inaugural performance
ABC TV Stateline ran a segment on the women’s anthem on the eve of the inaugural performance. Read the transcript.
We had the privilege of interviewing June Oscar AO, a Bunuba Woman from the Central Kimberley Region and one of Australia’s great Indigenous leaders. She is joint CEO of the Marninwarntikura Fitzroy River Women’s Centre where she has played a key role in uncovering and addressing the extraordinarily high number of children afflicted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
We all have the right to be seen, heard and recognised for our contributions to society.
“I’ve thought about the first time I realised there was gender inequality quite a bit. It’s hard to pinpoint, but I think one really clear manifestation goes back to my Catholic roots."