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.
Maria Wong, Travelling from Vancouver to March in Washington
“I decided to fly out to Washington, D.C. to the Women’s March right after the election in November. I feel quite passionate about this because I am a woman of colour and a feminist who works in the anti-violence movement, and I am outraged by the multiple alleged sexual assaults done by Donald Trump. His election was based on motivating fear and hatred to all people of colour, and his attitude is about how power and money supersedes the quality of life among the nation’s people. A Women’s March is a perfect reflection to all that is missing in his campaign: love and compassion for the people.” —Maria Wong
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