Edmonton Women and Supporters to March on International Women's Day
Speakers Include Tanya Kappo of the Idle No More Movement
EDMONTON – On Saturday March 9th, Edmonton women and supporters will celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) by gathering at Corbett Hall field (corner of 112 street and 82nd/Whyte Avenue) for a march beginning at 1:30 pm, joining millions who mobilize around the world for IWD in recognition of women's struggles in defense of the rights of all.
The event is being organized by the Edmonton International Women's Day Committee, a grassroots group formed to organize IWD events in Edmonton.
This year's march will take place two days after the release of the Government of Alberta's austerity budget, and will express the determination by those involved to defend the right to health care, childcare, public education and supports for the most vulnerable. "When social supports are unavailable or under attack, women are disproportionately affected," says Merryn Edwards, a member of the organizing committee, "since we are the ones who carry the burden of caring for our families and communities."
The march will also highlight efforts by First Nations and the Idle No More movement to affirm hereditary, treaty and constitutional rights and build on the courageous leadership of Indigenous women and others fighting to protect a just and sustainable future for all on Turtle Island and beyond.
A light meal and program including speakers from labour and community organizations will follow the march at the Luther Centre (10014 81 Avenue). Speakers include Tanya Kappo of the Idle No More movement.
WHAT: International Women's Day March and Forum
WHERE: Gather at Corbett Hall Field (112 St and 82 Ave), march to Luther Centre (10014 81 Avenue) for speakers and light meal
WHEN: 1:30 pm Saturday March 9th, 2013
WHO: Speakers from Labour and Community Organizations, including Tanya Kappo of the Idle No More movement