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.
Esther Caron, Marching in Ottawa
“The rise of the extreme right—in France, with Brexit and now with Trump becoming president of the most powerful country on Earth—has made me feel extremely sad. It was not the future I had envisioned for my kids. I feel that now instead of teaching them how to live in a world where women can be anything they want and that social justice is possible for all, I have to teach them to fight for these ideals. In participating to the Women’s March this Saturday I feel like it will be a good start for me to teach my kids how to be catalysts of change for a better world.” —Esther Caron
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