The 2018 Women’s March in Courtenay drew hundreds of participants. This year’s march is Jan. 19. File photo

Annual women’s march in Courtenay Saturday

The Women’s March was a worldwide protest on Jan. 21, 2017, to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, and workers’ rights. Thousands of men and women participated across Canada in over 30 marches that were organized and worldwide participation has been estimated at more than five million.

Each year since then many community members have gathered in Courtenay to rise against gendered violence as part of a global movement recognizing women’s rights as human rights.

Our goal for this year is to celebrate resistance and resilience; to honour courage and strength; and to support movement building and grassroots organizing locally.

We invite you to join us on the courthouse lawn Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m. to march in solidarity resisting gender-based violence, colonization and all other forms of oppression and to promote the realization of a welcoming community inclusive of race, gender, orientation, class, age or ability.

“We want to acknowledge that we will be gathering on the unceded territory of the K’omoks First Nation, and that the folks who collaborated to organize this event are settlers, grateful to live, laugh and love here,” said Amy Crook of the Comox Vallley Transition Society, in the press release.

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