Canadians across the country march to end violence against women
The sun was shining down on Kamloops for the third annual Women's March that took place this morning, Jan. 19, 2019, outside the Sandman Centre.
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January 19, 2019 - 1:02 PM
Women and their allies are participating in marches across Canada, from large cities to tiny villages, demanding the advancement of the rights of women and other vulnerable groups.
Attendance for the annual march in the small fishing village of Sandy Cove, N.S., exploded this year to 50 people, two years after the first march charmed the internet with its small-scale demonstration of just 15.
Farther west, a group roughly three times that size braved glacial temperatures that dipped below -22 C to hold a rally in a downtown park in Montreal.
Jumping and stomping their feet to keep warm, they waved an assortment of handmade signs demanding justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women, an end to sexual harassment and abuse, and basic gender equality.
Caroline Alince, 19, said she felt like the cold was a "metaphor" for the strength of those fighting for equality.
"No matter what the conditions are, there's no excuse to not fight for womens' rights and stand in solidarity, no matter what the day is," she said.
In Toronto, a crowd outside city hall also braved the extreme cold weather to hear from speakers before they marched.
"As we march today, let's think about the trans women of colour who are not here today because of systemic violence," said advocate Yasmeen Persad, a transgender woman from the Caribbean.
Speakers in Toronto also called attention to the Ontario government's repeal of the modernized sex-ed curriculum and Thursday's announcement on changes to post-secondary tuition and grants.
"This provincial government is not open for business," said Farrah Khan who advocates for sexual violence support and education. "This government does not support women."
Marches have been organized across the world, including in Canada, in solidarity with those marching in Washington, D.C. The movement started in the U.S. following President Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017.
The movement also works towards protecting reproductive rights and acknowledging issues faced by the LGBTQ community, Indigenous people, immigrants, workers and people with disabilities.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2019