By Atong Ater
Hundreds are expected to participate in a solidarity march in Ottawa to coincide with the Women’s March on Washington.
Like the Women’s March on Washington D.C., the Ottawa event will promote social justice, human rights and gender equality. Despite taking place the same weekend as Donald Trump’s inauguration, Ottawa co-organizer Amanda Carver makes it clear that this is not an anti-Trump event.
“Trump can’t create hatred where there wasn’t any before,” said Carver. The point of the march, according to Carver, is to stand up for our values.
“It only takes one election for things to be eroded,” she said. “The recent US election gave people permission to be outward with their hatred. We want to show that these attitudes will not go unchecked.”
There are over 650 worldwide “sister marches” listed on the official Women’s March on Washington website.
Ottawa organizers are expecting supporters to gather at 11:00am at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street where speakers, including NDP MP Niki Ashton, will address the crowd.
The march will depart the Human Rights Monument at 11:45am and move toward the Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Ave), where an indoor rally will take place. The indoor rally will feature various performances including slam poetry, singing, and drumming.