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.
Stephanie Theresa, Marching in Edmonton
“As a human being, I’m marching for myself and others who’ve faced oppression due to their sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ability, religion, etc. I’m marching because I often hear people say that we shouldn’t worry about or fight for our problems here in Canada, because we have it so much better than some place else, but I refuse to accept that. I’m also tired of having to qualify that people should care about women’s rights, because don’t they have and care about a sister, mother, wife, girlfriend, etc. We should care about others because we’re all human and deserve to be treated with care, dignity and respect—and I’d like to believe I’ll march as long as there are people who aren’t getting that.” —Stephanie Theresa
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