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Women’s March Vancouver, Together

A question for you: If you are planning on attending the Womens March this Saturday in Vancouver, and all across Canada for that matter, why might you wear a red scarf? The answer is because the Native Womens Association of Canada has suggested Womens March participants wear a red scarf to help raise awareness regarding the disproportionate violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

This Saturday, January 19, hundreds, perhaps thousands of people will gather to March for womens rights, calling for equality, respect  and freedom for all women around the world. We will march for the rights all women including refugees and trans women. In many countries gaps in protecting womens rights are compounded by political instability and conflict. We support women who are active agents in formal and informal peace building processes. We will stand up for the woman who are put down, controlled and abused in countries around the world. We will lend our voices to the cry of the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.

I will not turn this into an essay on womens rights around the world; that may be for another time and place. But, I will urge those who feel the Spirit calling them to join us at St. Andrews Wesley on Saturday, January 19 at at 11:45. We will gather at the church (in the Salons) and then walk down to Robson Square to join the rally hosting speakers and experts who are passionate about establishing womens rights in all corners of the globe. The March begins at 1:00 and ends at 3 pm.

So please consider donning a red scarf and joining us as we attend this very important annual event. We are making strides as women in the world but we still have a long way to go. Every voice needs to be heard and every song that cries for justice needs to be sung.

Rhian, Jen and I will be taking part in the march and we hope to see you at St. Andrews Wesley on Saturday, January 19 at 11:45. We will gather in the Salons and prepare to join in the thousands around our country, from Victoria, B.C. to Bowen Island to P.E.I. and beyond, walking the same path.

“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”

Ruth 1:16

Lorraine Ashdown

Lorraine often refers to herself as a “Prairie Girl” even though she left her hometown of Winnipeg fifteen years ago. Lorraine graduated from Vancouver School of Theology with a Masters of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership and a diploma in Indigenous and Interreligious Studies. She is the Minister of Pastoral Care, Elders and Outreach with St. Andrew’s Wesley. Lorraine was Ordained on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at BC Conference in Penticton,B.C. Lorraine brings to St. Andrew’s Wesley an authentic love of the United Church and a desire to create community and a sense of belonging within the faith community of St. Andrew’s Wesley and beyond.

One Comment

  1. So glad we are doing this..together

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