Nanaimo Women March On was held downtown, with a march from Maffeo Sutton Park and then speeches and more at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo women look for forward steps at march

Nanaimo Women March On held downtown on Saturday

Women and those who care about women motivated and inspired one another today in Nanaimo.

Nanaimo Women March On was held downtown, with a march from Maffeo Sutton Park and then speeches and more at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre.

The intent of the march was not only to to speak out against violence against women, but also call for greater equality for all women.

“For years we have been faced with the widespread belief that women have achieved equality, however, every day, we are faced with evidence to the contrary,” said Lesley Clarke, executive director of the Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society. “It’s evidenced in the choices being made in leadership and it is evident in the conditions of the lives of women here and across the world.”

Clarke said inequality continues to prevent Canadian women from fully participating in society and excelling. To be a feminist, she said, is to support equality, human dignity and self-determination.

“Gender inequality is not self-correcting. The solution is not to give it more time to be patient, to let it unfold,” Clarke said. “We need to make a conscious effort to produce the conditions in which women have the agency to create change they need to thrive.”

At the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre, red dresses were hanging around the podium and there was a minute of silence for not only missing and murdered indigenous women, but also non-indigenous girls and women from Nanaimo.

“We should not underestimate the power of these feelings, because these feelings are what connect us all as a people,” said Justice Chalifoux, activist, adding that denial brings comfort but not change. “There’s been too much silence so we all have to rise up and we have to be loud and make ourselves known.”

story continues below

Lauren Semple, one of the co-organizers of Nanaimo Women March On, thanked all who participated and said they are “incredible fighters,” activists, advocates and front-line workers fighting for women and the rights of women.

“This is strength,” she said. “This energy, this passion, when we organize in these numbers, to me, this is what strength looks like.”

RELATED: Nanaimo Women March On with a message that matters

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rec users are not entitled to access to range

DND land is excluded from local control, says letter writer

Foot ferry service in Nanaimo won’t happen this summer

Island Ferries says it still needs to secure funding

Goalie gear found in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Mounties want to return goalie gear to owner

Thieves steal tents meant for Nanaimo school’s Grade 7 camping trip

Businesses, staff and parents ensure trip goes on

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Strengthening privacy laws should be an election issue

In other places, political parties are held to the highest standards of openness, says letter writer

Timbermen beat league’s first-place team

Nanaimo’s senior A lacrosse team handles Maple Ridge Burrards 11-6

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Suggested street names bizarre

Letter writer would be mortified to live on any of Lantzville councillor’s bizarrely named streets

Complex with more than 200 apartments pitched for Nanaimo’s south end

Construction planned for next spring on Junction Avenue in Chase River

Nanaimo teachers’ union president worries new deal could see job losses

Teachers’ federation and Ministry of Education negotiating with contract expiring at month’s end

Historian recalls Nanaimo’s drunken disorder back in 1890

Imagine the seamen’s surprise when they found themselves inside a brewery, writes columnist

WITH VIDEO: Two endangered marmots released on Vancouver Island

With three new pups born in May, two more Vancouver Island Marmots… Continue reading

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Most Read