Rally for Equality and Solidarity

Women on the March until we are all free: Rally for Equality and Solidarity

In front of the NB Legislature, Fredericton, 12 noon, Friday, April 24, 2015

New Brunswick will join the International World March of Women 2015 in a global day of action on Friday, April 24, which marks the second anniversary of the horrific Bangladesh factory collapse that killed 1,135 workers. The focus of this year’s march is precarious work.

The New Brunswick rally, to be held at the NB Legislature at 12 noon on Friday, April 24, 2015, is part of a global social movement that aims to eliminate the causes of poverty and violence against women. This year’s theme is “Freedom for our bodies, our land and our territories.”

Approximately, 100,000 people in New Brunswick, almost one in seven, live below the poverty line. Almost one third of single-parent households in New Brunswick are poor, according to 2011 statistics.

Following the most recent economic crisis, governments have been implementing austerity budgets and New Brunswick is no exception. New Brunswickers are still struggling for pay equity, access to reproductive health care and child care.

Elsipogtog women made international headlines when they put their bodies on the line to defend their territories against shale gas. Maya women in Guatemala are demanding justice in Canadian courts for rape and murder committed by a Canadian mine’s security guards. Rape is a weapon used in wars around the world.

More of us are demanding action be taken for our missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and making the links to capitalism, colonization and destruction of the land.

This global feminist movement brings together diverse groups, including women’s groups, unions, anti-poverty groups, Indigenous activists, international solidarity groups and many others. Since the first March in 2000, activists have organized local, national and global marches, hundreds of workshops and actions and lobbying of governments and international organizations.

Odette Robichaud, CUPE NB VP and liaison to the CUPE NB Division Women`s Committee
Phylomène Zangio, Common Front for Immigrant Women and Visible Minorities
Tanna Pirie-Wilson, Female Aboriginal representative, National Aboriginal People’s Circle, Public Service Alliance of Canada, on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls
Johanne Perron, the NB Coalition for Pay Equity – Coalition pour l’équité salariale du N.-B.
Sorcha Beirne, Fredericton Youth Feminists
Wendy Johnston on Snapshot on Women and Poverty in NB from the Common Front for Social Justice.
Amély Friolet-O’Neil, Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick
Speaker TBA, Reproductive Justice NB
Astrid Deurloo, Fredericton Gender Minorities Group
Tracy Glynn, BTS Guatemala-Maritimes Solidarity Network, on Canadian mining and sexual violence.
Daniel Légère, president of CUPE NB, on reinstating the Advisory Council on the Status of Women
More speakers TBA.

The 4th International World March of Women was launched on March 8, International Women’s Day, and will conclude October 17, 2015, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

More info here: http://www.mmfqc.org/english
Info : http://www.mmfqc.org/mouvement
Contact: tracy.a.glynn@gmail.com.