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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Sim Pannu, Marching in Winnipeg
“I am marching for myself, my daughter and my sister. The reason I am marching is because I’m appalled that—in 2017—aggression towards women has become so normalized. Having dealt with sexual abuse when I was 10, it took me seven years to develop the courage to speak out, and I made the decision then that I would always speak out on these things. As someone who is politically engaged, it’s hard to ignore that politics is still very much an old boys’ club, and that we need to hold men in political office accountable for their words and actions. My hope is that by marching on Saturday I will serve as a physical representation of my support to the women and girls in my community, and especially to my daughter.” —Sim Pannu
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