The Women’s March on Washington couldn’t have picked a better starting point: the corner of Independence Avenue and Third Street West. This Saturday at least 200,000 people will come together in front of the Capitol in D.C. to march with a message championing human rights, dignity and justice.
And 616 sister marches (including 26 in Canada!) will step out in solidarity—with as many as 1.3 million people in cities all over the world taking part in the day’s demonstrations.
To find out the many reasons why women are marching, FLARE reached out to women participating in marches across Canada, as well as in Washington, DC. Here are their stories.
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Nasra Adem, Marching in Edmonton
“I march because I am here because of a woman. I march because I am black and alive. I march because too many can not. I march because there are few freedoms of mine that are not facing the barrel of a gun or white/male politician’s pen. I march because I am privileged to live in an able body. I march because my mother crossed an ocean for me to speak openly, love freely and stand for what I believe in. I march because there isn’t a day where I do not stand in awe of the resilience and magic of women and femmes. I march to remind the world that the Earth was our first mother, and Her protection must be a priority for the survival of all humankind. I march for my little sister, my mother, my ancestors and myself. I march and speak and raise my fist because I believe in humanity and because I believe in the transformative power of righteous, critical, forward-moving Love.” —Nasra Adem, Edmonton’s Youth Poet Laureate, who will share a poem before marching
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