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Women’s March Fredericton Takes a Stand for Equality

2019-01-19

 More than 100 participants took to the streets for the 3rd Annual Women's March in downtown Fredericton on Saturday to raise their voices in support of gender equality in New Brunswick. This year’s theme was centered on core values and priorities of women’s rights: health, economic security, representation, and safety (H.E.R.S.).

I march today because I want everyone to feel like they are equal. To hope that someday my future children may know equality,” said Megan Groves, one of the organizers.

“These marches matter because they shed light on issues that women face, which often go unnoticed by those in power,” explained Kylie Bergfalk, another member of the organizing committee. “To effectively address women’s equality issues, we need political and cultural change.”


The march route ended at the Fredericton Public Library, where a panel discussion was held to examine the status of women in New Brunswick and the required solutions in relation to the H.E.R.S. priorities.


Panelists included Beth Lyons (Executive Director for the NB Women's Council), Nelly Dennene (Executive Director for the Regroupement Féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick), Johanne Perron (Executive Director for the NB Coalition for Pay Equity), and Indigo Poirier (award-winning local musician and Co-Chair of Fredericton Gender Minorities). The moderator was Nadya Ladouceur, Experiential Education Coordinator at Renaissance College. 


Though each panelist spoke about specific topics, an overarching theme was clear. Despite some advancement, women in New Brunswick are still facing substantial challenges, but solutions do exist. 


“We need to act collectively to improve gender equality. Our provincial decision-makers should make it a priority,” said Johanne Perron. “They also need to measure how public policies may have a different impact on women and men from diverse backgrounds so that we all move forward together.”

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