The Women’s March on Washington, a project that began with a Facebook page in the hours after the results of the US presidential election were made clear, has spread across North America and has reached Kelowna.
Okanagan women are being asked to join a local march that will be a gesture of support for the tens of thousands who are planning to march in Washington Jan. 21 — the day after the US presidential election.
“Here in the Okanagan, we are gathering at the Sails in Kelowna on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. to stand in solidarity with those marching in Washington DC and in communities across the United States,” reads the organizing statement.
The organizer of the Washington event has been interviewed in multiple publications explaining that the march is not an anti-Trump walk, rather a statement for women’s rights. The Kelowna arm of the event is similarly echoing that sentiment.
“This event welcomes anyone and everyone who supports women’s rights, equal rights, human rights, social and economic justice, and non-discrimination,” reads the statement.
“Violation of these rights, especially those of women, whether through words, actions or policies and victimization of women, immigrants, people of colour or different sexual persuasions will not be condoned.”
All people, regardless of gender, gender identification, ethnicity, racial heritage, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation and/or socioeconomic status shall be treated equally and equitably, with respect, dignity and justice for all.
Those gathered will be invited to share with others.
There will be an open mike as well as a place to write and post comments.
“By bringing people together to stand in solidarity with women, men, their partners and children marching in Washington DC, we strive to provide an outlet and support for those who wish to advocate for and defend the most marginalized members of our society,” reads the statement.