Canadian Women's March Committee May 2005 UpdateMonday, July 26 2010
Exciting progress has been made by the Canadian Women March Committee to celebrate the reception of the Global Charter for Humanity.
Events are planned in Vancouver, Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Moncton and Quebec City as the Charter travels across Canada.
YWCA Canada is sponsoring a young woman, Tonika Morgan, to carry the Global Charter for Humanity from event to event. Tonika will be in Vancouver to accept the Charter at the United States border on May 1st and will be its guardian and bearer until it leaves Canada on May 7th from Quebec City.
The Charter was created and agreed upon by 6000 women's organizations world wide. It is based on 5 core values; equality, freedom, solidarity, justice and peace. It is a feminist vision of a world free of exploitation, poverty and violence. It was launched on March 8, 2005 in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and will finish its global journey in Burkina Faso on October 17, 2005. You can track its progress by visiting: www.marchemondiale.org
Here's a quick peek at the Schedule of Events.
- Vancouver May 1, 2005 Focus: Welcoming the Charter to Canada The Charter arrives in Vancouver from the United States on May 1. In preparation, a workshop will be held on the Global Charter for Humanity at the NAWL Conference in Vancouver on April 30th. Conference delegates will be urged to stay in town for the May 1st activities. A public rally will take place at the Vancouver Public Library on May 1 starting at 11:30am. There will be representative of the Canadian Women's March Committee and the World March Committee in attendance. There will be speakers, entertainment and celebration! Event Contact: Lydna Gerty firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 876-2622 Media Contact: Suzanne Jay email@example.com or (604) 876-3057
- Yellowknife May 2, 2005 Focus: Poverty There are a number of events planned throughout the day in Yellowknife. A round of the Poverty Game (tm) will be played. Used to assist professionals and lay people to understand the effects of poverty within the family, it is a creative way to deepen understanding among agencies and individuals. A lunch and a discussion circle focusing on women and poverty will follow. Event/Media Contact: Aimee Clark firstname.lastname@example.org or (867) 872 2900
- Winnipeg May 3, 2005 Focus: Child Care The day in Winnipeg begins with a welcoming ceremony to receive the Charter at the Winnipeg International Airport at 9:20am. A public rally follows at 11:30. The march begins at the downtown YMCA/YWCA and ends at the legislative buildings. This should be a colourful event with children and child care workers leading the march. The Ministers of Family Services (responsible for child care) and for the Status of Women are sponsoring the events at the legislature. A one hour event is planned with speakers, drummers and entertainers. An evening event will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Union Centre. Event/Media Contact: Debra Mayer email@example.com (204) 489-6897
- Ottawa May 4, 2005 Focus: Pay Equity The events in Ottawa will open with a young women's breakfast, sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Students at 9:30 am. A public rally will follow at noon at the Human Rights Monument where there will be speaker focusing on Pay Equity. There will be an evening reception at 5:30 on Parliament Hill hosted by Status of Women Canada. Event Contact: Sue Genge firstname.lastname@example.org (613) 521-3400 ext. 281 Media Contact: Marie Clarke Walker email@example.com (613) 521-3400 Andree Cote firstname.lastname@example.org (613) 241-7570
- Moncton May 5th, 2005 Focus: Violence Against Women The women of Moncton have organized a supper and evening event from 4pm - 10pm. The cost is $7.00 per person and it is necessary to reserve by April 29, 2005 Event/Media Contacts: Nancy Hartling email@example.com 506-858-1303 Ext. 106 or Huberte Gautreau firstname.lastname@example.org 506-382-5911
- Quebec City May 7th, 2005 The Charter will arrive by ship with an international delegation, followed by a march to the National Assembly, a feminist human chain, a rally, and a show will follow in front of the National Assembly. Gathering begins at 1pm at Place de Paris, Old Quebec. Women and men of Quebec will show their support for the Charter and the Canadian demands. Come and march in solidarity with the millions of women throughout the world who want an end to poverty, violence, exploitation and discrimination. Event Contact: Barbara Legault, Fédération des femmes du Québec email@example.com or 514-876-0166, www.ffq.qc.ca. Media Contact: Linda Lévesque firstname.lastname@example.org cell: (514) 242-8909