High River, AB – Rowan House Society and the Okotoks United Church will once again join forces to celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8th. Together the organizations are raising awareness about gender-based violence, while celebrating diversity with food, art and keynote speaker: Sinela Jurkova PhD (c).
The 1BR march is a global movement that officially launched in 2012 as a call to action against the alarming statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime – adding up to more than 1 Billion women and girls. Since then, the movement has grown with marches, dances and other events held by organizations across the world between February 14th and March 8th. Rowan House joined the movement locally in 2014, moving it between High River and Okotoks each year.
“The march itself will return to High River this year,” explains Rowan House Community Relations Coordinator, Ally Cramm. “We are encouraging the community to take their lunch break with us and join us as we march through the downtown core.” The 2019 Theme is once again Solidarity, rising against all forms of violence and oppression. Cramm said, “We must continue to resist violence and create a new kind of norm where violence itself becomes unthinkable.” The march will begin at 12pm sharp from the gazebo in George Lane Park, followed by a brief program, with everything wrapping up by 1pm.
Then, at 5:30pm, the International Women’s Day Potluck Celebration begins at the Okotoks United Church. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating women in well over 60 countries. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality in all its forms – economic, educational, health, and political empowerment.
Carol Price, one of the event organizers, said “This year’s global theme is Balance for Better and we are doing that through greater understanding of living in a culturally diverse society with Sinela Jurkova, PhD(c), speaking on Multiple Identities in a Culturally Diverse Society.” Carol further invites, “Come with your favorite pot luck dish and join us for a wonderful dinner, engaging conversation, and a delightful and informative speaker!” The event is free, but you’re asked to contact Carol at [email protected] to register by March 4th.