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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Kate Sepi, Marching in London, Ont.
“Why am I marching? I am marching for my daughter, and for all women who should have the right to choose for themselves and to govern their own bodies. I am marching for both of my children to let them know that it is important to stand for what you believe in. I want to instill a sense of social justice in them, and the best way to teach it is by demonstration. I want them to have the strength and courage to speak for what is right, for themselves and for others. I am marching because I want to lend my voice to the chorus. I want to stand against the growing fear and hatred and inequities in our world. When we stand together, we are strong. I am marching because the people in power—those making the decisions that affect our lives and freedoms—need to know that we are watching and listening and will not sit quietly by while they change the world. We will change it too.” —Kate Sepi
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