What You Need to Know About Women’s March 2018

Looking back and marching forward.

It’s been almost one year since millions of people from all ethnicities, religions, classes and backgrounds took to the streets across seven continents to protest the newly minted U.S. president Donald Trump. It was a record-breaking show of worldwide support and solidarity for women’s rights — and it’s back this Saturday, January 20 with an even larger agenda.

“The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change,” reads the mission state on the American, Women’s March website while highlighting the importance of the movement and why it needs to continue.

“Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists and organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events,” it concluded.

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This year’s march will focus on a variety of issues pertinent to each location. What that means is there will be more activists involved with marchers highlighting issues of relevance within their communities. In the United States, getting people out to vote at this year’s mid-term elections will be a primary focus.

Canada’s Women’s March has a more all-encompassing mission: “Inspiring, uniting and leading the charge for the advancement of women across Canada.”

Over 2,000 have RSVP’d on the Facebook page of “Women March On Toronto: Defining Our Future.” There are going to be more than 30 marches all across Canada on January 20th.

Some of the largest ones are expected to be :

Toronto: March starts at City Hall, 100 Queen St W, 12 noon.

Ottawa: March starts on Parliament Hill, Wellington St, 12 noon.

Montreal: March starts at Esplanade de la Place des Arts, 175  rue Ste, Catherine Ouest at 11 a.m.

Calgary: March starts outside Bankers Hall (315 – 8 Ave SW downtown), 12 noon.

Vancouver: Jack Poole Plaza, 1075 Canada Place, 10 a.m.

Thousands are expected to attend again and while the impact of Women’s March is still being assessed, there’s no denying that the #MeTooMovement, the TimesUp Initiative or the overall re-examination about how men and women relate (stand up, Aziz Ansari) has shown what the energy of the movement can accomplish. And how far the movement for gender equity still has to go.