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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Mahlet Cuff, Marching in Winnipeg
“For one: I am part of a feminist radio show called Femisphere on CKUW 95.9 FM (Thursday mornings, 8 a.m.) and we are one of the many great supporters for the Women’s March. Secondly, I’m marching because I am very passionate about women’s rights, gay rights, trans rights, etc. These are the issues that are important right now and if we do not come together and talk about them nothing will get fixed; these groups of people will stay marginalized in our society. Marching on Saturday is important because we will be making history in terms of women’s rights movement and what’s more radical than that!” —Mahlet Cuff
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