Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

VIDEO: Hundreds gather in Victoria as part of global Women’s March for equality

‘End Violence Against Women’ march theme for 2019

Hundreds met on the steps and lawn of the B.C. legislature Saturday to stand up and fight for equality as part of the global Women’s March movement.

Organizers of Victoria’s rally said the theme for 2019 is “End Violence Against Women,” citing statistics that one in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime.

“The issue of violence against women remains a very serious threat,” said Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, who attended the event. “We have still not addressed the situation of murdered and missing Indigenous women, women who are living in poverty, a lot of intersectional issues for women across Canada. What we are doing here is marching in solidarity.”

RELATED: Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

Racelle Kooy led the group in singing the Women’s Warrior Song, a song that came to Martina Pierre from the Lil’ wat Nation during a sweat lodge ceremony.

“It is an honour song. My ancestors are just happy for you to sing it because it connects us all. It makes us family. So as family marching together for love, let’s sing this song,” said Kooy.

The group gathered at the B.C. legislature before marching to Centennial Square where organizers and Indigenous leaders from the community had information tables set up, including the Moose Hide Campaign, a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys standing up against violence towards women and children.

“To really achieve equality, it means equality of security,” said May.

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

Protests and rallies really help, said May, but they aren’t enough by themselves.

“Movements at the local level, provincial level, federal level, electing people who care about the same issues you care about – all those things together make change,” May said.

People marched around the globe for the 3rd annual Women’s March, marking the anniversary of the first protest spurred by the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017.


 

keri.coles@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria joins cities around the world Jan. 19 for the 3rd Annual Women’s March. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Just Posted

The Victoria International Airport saw its revenues plummet in 2020. Officials hope a proposed warehouse will be a significant revenue generator. (Black Press Media file photo)
Head of Victoria Airport Authority makes economic pitch for Sidney warehouse project

Geoff Dickson said Sidney stands to earn $325,000 in annual taxes

A building in the 300-block of Mary Street sustained significant damage Saturday night after a suspicious fire was started. Police arrested an arson suspect Sunday. (Courtesy of Victoria Fire Department)
Arson suspect arrested following Vic West structure fire

Building in 300-block of Mary Street sustained significant damage Saturday night

Discarded construction materials make up nearly 40 per cent of all materials sent to the landfill from sources in the city of Victoria. (Zero Waste Victoria)
Victoria looks to curb construction waste

Victoria wants to see buildings deconstructed instead of demolished

Troy Patterson, a Cadboro Bay 15-year-old, got a virtual meeting with B.C.’s environment minister months after he started an online petition calling for construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline to stop. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Cadboro Bay teen meets with minister after advocacy against Coastal GasLink

15-year-old Claremont student and George Heyman discussed the project for about 30 minutes

The City of Victoria hopes to improve its cultural spaces this year and it wants non-profits to help. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Grants up to $125,000 open to Victoria non-profit arts and cultural organizations

Victoria Cultural Infrastructure Grant applications close at the end of May

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

A fledgling white raven was spotted near the end of Winchester Road in Coombs. (Mike Yip photo)
Legend continues as iconic white raven spotted once again on Vancouver Island

Sightings rare everywhere in world except for central Vancouver Island location

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. Dr. Ben Chan remembers hearing the preliminary reports back in March of blood clots appearing in a handful of European recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Science on COVID, VITT constantly changing: A look at how doctors keep up

While VITT can represent challenges as a novel disorder, blood clots themselves are not new

Poached trees that were taken recently on Vancouver Island in the Mount Prevost area near Cowichan, B.C. are shown on Sunday, May 10, 2021. Big trees, small trees, dead trees, softwoods and hardwoods have all become valuable targets of tree poachers in British Columbia as timber prices hit record levels. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne.
Tree poaching from public forests increasing in B.C. as lumber hits record prices

Prices for B.C. softwood lumber reached $1,600 for 1,000 board feet compared with about $300 a year ago

The warm weather means time for a camping trip, or at least an excursion into nature. How much do you know about camps and camping-related facts? (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: Are you ready to go camping?

How many camp and camping-related questions can you answer?

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

The first Black judge named to the BC Supreme Court, Selwyn Romilly, was handcuffed at 9:15 a.m. May 14 while walking along the seawall. (YouTube/Screen grab)
Police apologize after wrongly arresting B.C.’s first Black Supreme Court Justice

At 81 years old, the retired judge was handcuffed in public while out for a walk Friday morning

Most Read