One year after the historic Women’s March on Washington signalled the emergence of mass people’s resistance against the far-right, patriarchal agenda of Donald Trump and his fascist supporters, dozens of rallies and actions across the country will be held as part of a 2018 “Women’s March on Canada.” Details of local times and places can be found below.
Since then, women’s equality issues have remained in the headlines, such as the #MeToo movement, making it clear that men in positions of power will be challenged for their harassing, abusive and violent acts.
The Vision Statement and Guiding Principles of the 2018 Women’s March on Canada raise issues and demands which are just as vital today as they were twelve months ago.
Making the equality of women in Canada the new norm. The work that we do, our vision and values can be explained in a unifying framework called H.E.R.S., which spells out the women’s rights priorities of: Health, Economic Security, Representation, and Safety:
HEALTH — Healthcare is the foundation of women’s well-being and economic stability. Women’s March Canada advocates for access to affordable and inclusive women’s healthcare regardless of nationality, age, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
ECONOMIC SECURITY — Women are powerful drivers of economic growth, and their economic empowerment benefits all nations. Women’s March Canada supports the dismantling of economic barriers that obstruct women’s full and equal access to local, national, and global economic systems.
REPRESENTATION — Women are under-represented globally, adversely affecting our collective health, safety, and economic security. Women’s March Canada seeks fair and just representation of women locally, nationally, and internationally.
SAFETY — Every woman has the need and right to feel physically secure, and security for women should be assured through sound legal practices. Women’s March Canada stands behind the principle that women are not to be held accountable for actions that are outside their control — particularly regarding all forms of assault — and that fair legal action must be applied to prevent these crimes.”
Women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability. We practice empathy with the intent to learn about the intersecting identities of each other. We will suspend our first judgement and do our best to lead without ego. We follow the principles of Kingian nonviolence…”
Activists and women’s organizations have come together across the country to organize rallies. Here’s a list of many of the actions taking place:
March On – 1pm – 3pm – Alberta Legislature Building
Women’s March – 12pm – 2pm – Bankers Hall
Women’s March – 11am – 1pm – City Hall – 1 Centennial Square
March On Vancouver – 10am-1pm – Jack Poole Plaza – 1085 Canada Place
Women’s March – 11am – 1pm – 9046 Young Rd, Chilliwack
Women March On – 10am – Diana Krall Plaza
Women’s March Kamloops – 10:30am – 300 Lorne Street
March On Canada – 11am – 2pm – City of Kelowna – 1435 Water Street
Women’s March – 10am – 11 am – Government of Yukon Administration Building – 2nd Ave Whitehorse
Women’s March – 10am-12pm – Amphitheatre at River Landing – 414 Spadina Crescent E
Women’s March – 10am – 1pm – YWCA Regina – 1940 McIntyre St
Women’s March – 11am – 1pm – Winnipeg City Hall – 510 Main St
Women’s March – 10am-1pm – Victoria Park (NW Corner) – 5180 Clarence St
Women’s March – 10am-1pm – Kitchener City Hall – 200 King St W
Women’s March – 12pm – 3pm – 1700 Dease St
Women’s March -11am – 12pm – 350 City Hall Sq W
Women’s March – 11am – 12:30pm – Bell Park, Paris Street & York Street
Women’s March Forward Summit – 9am-1pm – Hamilton City Hall
Women March On Toronto – 12pm – 2pm – Nathan Phillips Square
Women’s March on Ottawa – 12pm–3pm – Parliament Hill
Manif des Femmes Montreal – 11am-1pm – Esplanade de la Place des Arts
Women’s March – 2pm – 4pm – City Hall
Women’s March – 12pm – Queen Square – South End
Women’s March Halifax – 12pm – City Hall – 1841 Argyle Street