Women “power” walk

The World March of Women held a conference at Concordia and then marched to the Peace Garden

By: Jennifer Hughes

The World March of Women 2010 (WMW) marched to the Peace Garden last Thursday under the day’s theme of violence against women.

A crowd of 100 marchers holding lit candles stood around the tree planted in Anastasia De Souza’s memory. A short ceremony was held to discuss the events which happened at Dawson in 2006 and WMW’s demands for peace, equality, and the elimination of poverty and violence against women.

Before marching to Dawson, WMW held a conference at Concordia University featuring several speakers including three women from Africa who spoke about their perspective on violence against women.

“One single march can’t change much, but being together we can share ideas and find a better ways to plan concrete actions for the future,” first time marcher Trycia Bazinet, a fourth semester Dawson Social Science student, said.

The WMW marched from Oct. 12 to 15, each day representing a specific theme. For that week a contingent of Montreal women (Contingent des Marcheuses) marched each day for a set number of kilometres across the different regions of the city.

The Montreal women planned to march a total of 8000 kilometres during the week, raising money along the way to finance the March’s activities and to send two Quebec women to the international WMW meeting in Congo.

WMW was inspired by the Fédération des Femmes du Québec (FFQ) 1995 Bread and Roses March when 800 Quebec women marched to protest poverty and violence. Now WMW is an international feminist action movement involving 164 countries and territories working to eliminate poverty and violence against women.

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