The Dyke March does International Women’s Day 2014

The Dyke March Toronto Team joined the Toronto celebrations for International Women’s Day, which takes place every year on March 8.

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“The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men showed their support of women by participating in public events.In 1977 following the long-standing movements for women to participate equally in society, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day.International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. In many countries it is an official holiday. In Canada, more than 40 events will be held this year.” — International Women’s Day Toronto website

Some of our Team Members joined the rally and march downtown. This year’s theme was: Women Taking Power!

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Photos by: Meg

Laura went to the 2nd Annual Conference at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus called R[EVOL]UTION: Existence is Resistance. After a day of workshops that focused on examining the importance of building inclusive and intersectional feminism in our communities, I joined Laura for keynote speakers Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Warsan Shire. This event captured a lot of important themes, but really encouraged attendees to think about the impact anti-black racism and anti-Indigeneity on our communities: if we aren’t centring these experiences in our organizing, we are doing it wrong.

Both keynote speakers were fierce and inspiring. Leah said “dreaming is the most revolutionary feminist work we can do. If you can’t imagine it, we can’t get there.” We will keep dreaming and working to create the world we want to live in. What kind of world are you dreaming of?

For more photos from IWD 2014, follow us on Instagram! @dykemarchto

Email: dykemarchto@gmail.com
Facebook: DykeMarch Toronto
Twitter: @DykeMarchTO
Instagram: @dykemarchto

This post written by: Andi

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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