Your Local Girl Gang with Women’s march Sarnia Lambton
What is the Women's March?
Women’s March Canada is an organization “inspiring, uniting and leading the charge for the advancement of women across Canada.” Our promotion of our movement is world wide and focuses on the utifying framework of H.E.R.S - health, economic security, representation and safety.
Why did the organizers feel it was important to launch a chapter in Sarnia?
Women’s March Canada and our local Sarnia-Lambton chapter is a grassroots movement. Our chapter was founded by Executive Chair, Adelle Stewardson. Adelle and her daughter attended the Women’s March in New York City in 2018. The Sarnia-Lambton chapter was launched with a group of like-minded women from within the community. There are alot of voiceless marginalized groups within Sarnia-Lambton and their voices need to be heard. We want to create a supportive community for everyone.
Why do you believe women should be involved in the movement?
Women (and men too!) need to support other women in order to gain equality. Many decisions are being made without fair representation in regards to women’s health, economic well-being and safety. This movement allows us to be a loud voice in the decisions that directly affect us. The more involved - the louder our voice!
What do you feel is the main goal of this year's march?
The 2019 Women’s March theme is ending violence against women, specifically missing and murdered Indigenous women. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced either physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Moreover, Indigenous women are 3 - 4x more likely to experience violence then their white female counterpart. In 2018, the Ford government disbanded Ontario’s Roundtable on Violence Against Women, the first permanent government roundtable of its kind. Our mission locally is to bring accountability and justice as all “women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies.
What is one thing everyone should know about feminism?
Being a feminist means that you believe in the political, economic and social equality of the sexes!
Who is all welcome to participate?
Everyone! We encourage all women, children, men and our allies to march together. Our first annual Women’s March in Sarnia-Lambton will be on January 19, 2019 from 12-3 p.m. starting at the Lambton Mall old Sears parking lot by Canadian Tire. Our rally will begin with speakers from within the community and then we march! We will be hosting a First Friday sign-making party prior to the march. Join us on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62, 286 Front St. N. We will have some poster materials, but please bring your own too and of course, glitter glue.
What goals does Women's March Sarnia-Lambton have for 2019?
In 2018, we have accomplished, tackled and stood alongside women in our community. We participated in Take Back the Night, staged a peaceful counter protest of an anti-choice group, supported Donna outside of Dr. Singh’s office, attended Trans Day of Remembrance and Trans visibility marches.
Going forward into 2019, we are planning to provide professional development events for women, lean in circles, support other organizations in our community advancing the H.E.R.S platform and calls to action. We want to be a strong voice in social justice and engage our younger generations to create a larger impact within Sarnia-Lambton.
What does Girl Gang mean to you?
Girl Gang means the empowerment of women. It is an incredible group leading to inspire, encourage and act as a lean on resource to other business women in the community.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
The first Women’s March on Washington was a world-wide protest on January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Sister Marches are solidarity events inspired by the Women’s March on Washington and organized by volunteers around the world - like the Sarnia-Lambton chapter!
Also, Women's March Canada is creating a pro choice, feminist podcast for Canadian women and allies! Have a listen here - https://www.patreon.com/womensmarchcanada/posts
What ways are there to be involved with the Women's March?
Volunteer with us! Share your story! Attend events that empower women! Elect pro-choice candidates! Please join our Women’s March Sarnia-Lambton chapter group on Facebook and WMC_SL on Instagram to stay up to date with any upcoming events and issues. As a local Women’s March chapter we want every Sarnia-Lambton feminist to be heard.