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Ottawa prepares to step up for women worldwide this March

Walk In HerShoes

Ottawa women are stepping up to raise critical funds for women and girls across the world.

With one month until International Women’s Day in March, a group of local volunteers are busy preparing for the second annual CARE Walk In Her Shoes event, which will be held at Parliament Hill on Tuesday, March 6.

The event will bring together local Parliamentarians, members of the public, students and families from across the city to celebrate and walk in support of women and girls worldwide.

“The week leading up to International Women’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate how far we’ve come in the global advancement of women and girls’ rights, but also to remind ourselves that much work remains to be done,” says CARE Canada board member Catherine Clark. “Walk in Her Shoes lets Ottawa residents join together to raise awareness and funds that can fundamentally change women’s lives for the better.”

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

CARE is an international humanitarian and development organization committed to fighting poverty and social injustice. Active in more than 90 countries worldwide, CARE places a special focus on women and girls as it believes we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.

Part of a global effort

Participants in Ottawa will not be walking alone. They will be stepping up as part of CARE International’s #March4Women campaign, a global month-long effort to raise awareness to the struggle for women’s rights and gender equality.

March 8th is International Women’s Day and throughout the month, events and initiatives to celebrate and empower women are being held in more than a dozen countries across the world. This will include a major rally in London, England, along with events in CARE offices in Africa, Asia, Australia and the U.S.

In Canada, there will be Walk In Her Shoes events in Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Vancouver and Ottawa. Canadians across the country are also welcome to sign up at www.walkinhershoes.ca to hold their own event.

“The past two years has seen a groundswell of support for women and girls. It’s critical that the momentum continues,” says Gillian Barth, president and CEO for CARE Canada. “We encourage all those who are part of this effort to join us and help raise critical funds for women and girls worldwide with CARE’s Walk In Her Shoes.”

To register as an individual or team, participants can visit: www.walkinhershoes.ca

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Local spokespeople are available to discuss the upcoming Walk In Her Shoes event.

CARE also has humanitarian and development experts from Ottawa available for media to discuss CARE’s work across the world.

To arrange an interview, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | 613-228-5641