Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Annual Women’s Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women
WHAT: Press Conference for 23rd Annual Women’s Memorial March
WHEN: Friday Feb 14th at 9:00 am
WHERE: Carnegie classroom, 3rd floor, Main and Hastings
MEDIA PROTOCOL: Please note there will be NO MEDIA in Carnegie Theatre during the family remembrance between 11am to noon. Media may record the march at noon, except NO recording of ceremonies during the march.
February 4, 2014 VANCOUVER, Coast Salish Territories- The February 14th Annual Women’s Memorial March is held on Valentine’s Day each year to honour the memory of all women from the Downtown Eastside who have died due to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual violence in any form. Now in its 23rd year, the march brings courage and commitment to remember and honour murdered and missing women, and to end the violence that vulnerable women in the DTES face on a daily basis.
The February 14th Annual Women’s Memorial March is hosting a press conference at 9 am in the Carnegie Center’s 3rd floor classroom at 9 am. The march begins at noon on Main and Hastings.
“We are here to honour and remember the women, and we are here because we are failing to protect women from poverty and systemic exploitation, abuse and violence. We are here in sorrow and in anger because the violence continues each and every day and the list of missing and murdered women gets longer every year,” says Marlene George, Memorial March Committee organizer.
March organizer Mona Woodward agrees. “Why is it such an uphill battle to get justice for missing and murdered women and their families and communities? We are calling for a national and international public inquiry led by family and community members. We need political will at all levels of government to address these tragedies as well as ongoing gendered violence, poverty, and racism.”
Marches will also be held in at least 10 other cities including Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Kelowna. Full list here: http://womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com/national/
In Vancouver, friends and family members led by Indigenous women move through the DTES and stop at sites where women died or were last seen to offer prayers, medicines, and roses in remembrance.