Last year’s Nanaimo Women March On event. (News Bulletin file photo)

Women’s day now includes women’s march

Nanaimo Women March On happening this Sunday, March 8

An event this weekend will raise awareness of women’s rights and motivate people to do better in preventing gender-based violence and advocating for gender equity.

Nanaimo Women March On happens this Sunday, March 8, with a march from Maffeo Sutton Park to the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre, where there will be speeches and other programming.

Nanaimo Women March On has been held in January in the past, but organizers opted to move the event to International Women’s Day for a few reasons, including a desire to increase collaboration with other community groups, attract more volunteers, and reduce accessibility barriers that winter weather can worsen.

“The goals of Nanaimo Women March On 2020 are unchanged: to raise awareness of women’s rights issues, amplify the voices of minority women, encourage local community building, and to motivate people to take everyday actions to learn about, raise awareness of, and prevent gender-based violence,” notes an event press release.

Participants can come to the park’s Lions Pavilion at 10 a.m., with the march to start at 11 a.m. Programming at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre on Nicol Street will start at 12:30 p.m.

Speakers will raise awareness of women’s rights issues, highlight the experience of minority women, encourage local community building, and motivate people to take everyday actions, the release notes.

For more information, search for Nanaimo Women March On on Facebook.

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