Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'There's Always a Reason to March': Small N.S. Women's March Growing Each Year

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'There's Always a Reason to March': Small N.S. Women's March Growing Each Year

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Small N.S. women's march growing each year

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SANDY COVE, N.S. - A women's march in rural Nova Scotia has nearly quadrupled in size in the two years since a handful of marchers first took to the village's main road, charming the internet with their small-scale demonstration.

The organizers of the march in Sandy Cove, N.S., say they're pleased that the event in their little corner of the province is helping to draw attention to the wider movement calling for the advancement of rights for women and other vulnerable groups.

"In terms of the achievements of women's rights and equality, and ending violence against women, we haven't gotten there yet," said Gwen Wilson, one of the organizers.

"Until we've achieved those kinds of goals, there's always a reason to march."

About 50 people showed up to the village's march this year, a big leap from the 15 people who turned up at the first march -- one of many organized across the globe in the wake of Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president in January 2017.

Wilson, 65, said many of them came from the village's surrounding areas, with some even making the 2.5-hour drive to Sandy Cove from Halifax.

While Sandy Cove, located about halfway down the Digby Neck peninsula, only has a modest population of around 68 permanent residents, Wilson said the people who belong to the community are still passionate about the issues that affect women worldwide.

"We're a small, isolated community, but that doesn't mean we're not aware of things going on around the world, and that also doesn't mean that there are people in our own community who could be our neighbors, who aren't in need of help," she said.

"And if you don't recognize that a problem exists then it's difficult to take any kind of a step to move towards a solution."

As examples of the movement's ultimate goals, she pointed to women's equality in the workplace and a focus on finding solutions for violence against girls and women, especially those who are Indigenous. …

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