Activism, Culture, Toronto

Women’s March at Queen’s Park

On January 21, thousands of Canadians came to Queen’s Park for the Women’s March starting at noon, in solidarity against the current American President. The march started at Queen’s Park and started moving to City Hall at one o’clock, where speakers spoke to the crowd.

Ogho Ikhalo from Unifor, a company sponsoring the march, says “it’s an empowering event to help us gather near and far for justice. We gather today in unity. It’s an amazing event and an honour to be here.”

Jean Walker, also from Unifor, says this march is not just about women. She says “this is for sons and dads to fight for us, so we don’t have men that abuse women anymore. So that when we take one step forward, they will not take us two steps back.”

Marie Clarke-Walker, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress says “we are here today so women can stand in solidarity, so women around the world can be given economic equality, and we are here to stand up for what’s right. We say no to racism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, the alt-right. Together we are stronger than their hatred.”

Beverley Johnson echoes the sentiments of Clarke-Walker and says “women of my generation have fought against these inequalities. And now I see the gains we made are taken away, it’s happening right here too. No more, we have to stand up.”

Howard States, a retired school teacher from Regent Park says “I am here today because I stand up for justice, peace, women’s rights, and fundamental rights.”

Several speakers were present including Indigenous senior Catherine Brooks and TDSB trustee Ausma Malik and Ryerson’s Office of Sexual Violence and Support Farrah Khan. They cited several organizations that helped inspire their action.

Khan said “Our Canadian values are about human rights and justice for all.”