January 20th, 2018

NDP Statement on this year’s Women’s March

Sheila Malcolmson, NDP Critic for the Status of Women, made the following statement:

“Today millions of people across Canada and around the world are gathering to march for women’s rights and human rights.

The #MeToo and #Timesup campaigns showed the magnitude of sexual assault and harassment, and saw brave women and men standing up to say ‘no more’. Conversations started and must continue to shed light on ending sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.

So again today, as we did a year ago, we unite in our fight against sexism, xenophobia, bigotry and all forces of hatred. Violence and sexism can silence women, and shut out the diverse voices we need. We need all hands on deck to tackle these systemic problems..

So we march side by side and in solidarity with all women, including Indigenous women and girls, black and racialized women, women from LGBTQ2 communities, refugee and immigrant women, seniors, and women with disabilities. It is more important than ever that we continue to stand together.

At last year’s marches, we came together to proclaim that hate has not won, and this year we do it again. We re-commit ourselves to the belief that love is better than anger, hope is better than fear, optimism is better than despair.

We can change the world. We’ve done it before, and we’ll do it again.”