A similar rally in 2017 rally drew hundreds of people to the Courtenay courthouse lawn. Photo by Scott Stanfield

Courtenay rally against gender-based violence at courthouse Jan. 20

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 over five million.

Last year, hundreds of community members gathered in Courtenay to rise against gendered violence as part of a global movement recognizing women’s rights as human rights.

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

The public is invited to gather on the courthouse lawn Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 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.

Organizers acknowledge the rally takes place on the unceded territory of the K’omoks First Nation. Folks who collaborated to organize the event are settlers, grateful to live, laugh and love here.

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