Women’s March On Canada Returns for 2018

One year after the historic Women’s March on Washington signalled the emergence of mass people’s resistance against the far-right, patriarchal agenda of Donald Trump and his fascist supporters, dozens of rallies and actions across the country will be held as part of a 2018 “Women’s March on Canada.” Details of local times and places can be found below.

Since then, women’s equality issues have remained in the headlines, such as the #MeToo movement, making it clear that men in positions of power will be challenged for their harassing, abusive and violent acts.

The Vision Statement and Guiding Principles of the 2018 Women’s March on Canada raise issues and demands which are just as vital today as they were twelve months ago.

“VISION STATEMENT

Making the equality of women in Canada the new norm. The work that we do, our vision and values can be explained in a unifying framework called H.E.R.S., which spells out the women’s rights priorities of: Health, Economic Security, Representation, and Safety:

HEALTH — Healthcare is the foundation of women’s well-being and economic stability. Women’s March Canada advocates for access to affordable and inclusive women’s healthcare regardless of nationality, age, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

ECONOMIC SECURITY — Women are powerful drivers of economic growth, and their economic empowerment benefits all nations. Women’s March Canada supports the dismantling of economic barriers that obstruct women’s full and equal access to local, national, and global economic systems.

REPRESENTATION — Women are under-represented globally, adversely affecting our collective health, safety, and economic security. Women’s March Canada seeks fair and just representation of women locally, nationally, and internationally.

SAFETY — Every woman has the need and right to feel physically secure, and security for women should be assured through sound legal practices. Women’s March Canada stands behind the principle that women are not to be held accountable for actions that are outside their control — particularly regarding all forms of assault — and that fair legal action must be applied to prevent these crimes.”

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability. We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. We will suspend our first judgement and do our best to lead without ego. We follow the principles of Kingian nonviolence…”

Activists and women’s organizations have come together across the country to organize rallies. Here’s a list of many of the actions taking place:

Edmonton
March On – 1pm – 3pm – Alberta Legislature Building
https://www.facebook.com/events/1539292142774425/

Calgary
Women’s March – 12pm – 2pm – Bankers Hall
https://www.facebook.com/events/492625471131036/

Victoria
Women’s March – 11am – 1pm – City Hall – 1 Centennial Square
https://www.facebook.com/events/166741244078597/

Vancouver
March On Vancouver – 10am-1pm – Jack Poole Plaza – 1085 Canada Place
https://www.facebook.com/events/935631489925413/

Fraser Valley
Women’s March – 11am – 1pm – 9046 Young Rd, Chilliwack
https://www.facebook.com/events/316030018885024/

Nanaimo
Women March On – 10am – Diana Krall Plaza
https://www.facebook.com/events/254139191787726/

Kamloops
Women’s March Kamloops – 10:30am – 300 Lorne Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/140394269982463/

Kelowna
March On Canada – 11am – 2pm – City of Kelowna – 1435 Water Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/156062128352981/

Whitehorse
Women’s March – 10am – 11 am – Government of Yukon Administration Building – 2nd Ave Whitehorse
https://www.facebook.com/events/1561970140554782/

Saskatoon
Women’s March – 10am-12pm – Amphitheatre at River Landing – 414 Spadina Crescent E
https://www.facebook.com/events/159973047973401/

Regina
Women’s March – 10am – 1pm – YWCA Regina – 1940 McIntyre St
https://www.facebook.com/events/168497433757365/

Winnipeg
Women’s March – 11am – 1pm – Winnipeg City Hall – 510 Main St
https://www.facebook.com/events/581381988878080/

London
Women’s March – 10am-1pm – Victoria Park (NW Corner) – 5180 Clarence St
https://www.facebook.com/events/1837571212952222/

Kitchener
Women’s March – 10am-1pm – Kitchener City Hall – 200 King St W
https://www.facebook.com/events/139239573361865/

Thunder Bay
Women’s March – 12pm – 3pm – 1700 Dease St
https://www.facebook.com/events/153128738793152/

Windsor
Women’s March -11am – 12pm – 350 City Hall Sq W
https://www.facebook.com/events/137870033570627/

Sudbury
Women’s March – 11am – 12:30pm – Bell Park, Paris Street & York Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/160992251188673/

Hamilton
Women’s March Forward Summit – 9am-1pm – Hamilton City Hall
https://www.facebook.com/events/382722398850315/

Toronto
Women March On Toronto – 12pm – 2pm – Nathan Phillips Square
https://www.facebook.com/events/167970267122615/

Ottawa
Women’s March on Ottawa – 12pm–3pm – Parliament Hill
https://www.facebook.com/events/134598360558263/

Montreal
Manif des Femmes Montreal – 11am-1pm – Esplanade de la Place des Arts
https://www.facebook.com/events/1950914541825432/

Fredericton
Women’s March – 2pm – 4pm – City Hall
https://www.facebook.com/events/1600734520012180/

Saint John
Women’s March – 12pm – Queen Square – South End
https://www.facebook.com/events/1524803570950071/

Halifax
Women’s March Halifax – 12pm – City Hall – 1841 Argyle Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/1528377957210556/

More info on the “Women’s March On Canada website: http://www.womensmarchcanada.com/
& the “March On Canada” website: https://marchoncanada.ca/


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