International Women’s Day: Ottawa Walks In Her Shoes for Women Worldwide

(OTTAWA) In advance of International Women’s Day, Ottawa residents will gather at Parliament Hill March 7 for a lunchtime walk in support of women and girls worldwide.

Women and girls in developing countries must walk an average of 10,000 steps every day to collect the basics their families need to survive – water, food and firewood. This leaves little time to get an education or earn an income. CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes challenge will ask Ottawa residents to walk in solidarity with women worldwide and raise funds to help break the cycle of poverty.

This will be the first CARE Canada Walk In Her Shoes held in Ottawa, building on successful events held in Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna and across the world.

When: Tuesday, March 7, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Where: Participants can gather in front of Centre Block at Parliament Hill

Who can attend: Everyone is invited for this lunchtime walk.

Participants: Parliamentarians, Mayor Jim Watson, ambassadors, CARE representatives from Canada and abroad, students, women and men.

Photo/Video opportunities: More than 300 enthusiastic Ottawa residents are expected to gather with banners and signs in support of women and girls. They will then walk through the downtown ending at City Hall.

Further details: To learn more or register, visit:
Walkers are invited to wear orange, the colour of CARE, to represent solidarity. Donations to CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes are welcome.

The event is being led by volunteer coordinators Catherine Clark (@catherinejclark) and Julie Findlay (@MomInTheKnow). Funds raised will support vital CARE projects that fight poverty and promote the rights of women and girls so they can have a chance to fulfill their potential.


Interview opportunities are available in advance of the event with the volunteer coordinators or CARE spokespeople. For more information or for media planning to attend, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada | 613.790.2134

About CARE Canada

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE began delivering vital disaster relief and humanitarian aid – much of it in the globally recognized form of CARE Packages. CARE has remained a leader in disaster response for more than 70 years while building expertise in international development programming to deliver lasting change worldwide. Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries, reaching more than 80 million people based on need alone. Together with local partners, CARE Canada focuses on humanitarian action; food, nutrition and resilience to climate change; women’s economic empowerment; and sexual, reproductive and maternal health, all with a special emphasis on women and girls. To learn more, visit: or follow @carecanada on Twitter.