Today, International Women’s Day, impassioned women, their partners, midwives and doulas are marching to demand birth rights.

They are marching because on International Women’s Day -- which for so many years has championed the international women’s rights agenda -- and in the social and cultural moment encompassed by #MeToo, it is time to unleash the many silenced voices of women on issues of assault and "power over" violence in the Australian birth system. Time to highlight birth rights, the scourge of obstetric violence and the distressing prevalence of birth trauma.