Nearly one month until International Women’s Day: Ottawa volunteers prepare to Walk In Her Shoes in support of women worldwide

OTTAWA -- Ahead of International Women’s Day, Ottawa volunteers are busy rallying support for their third annual Walk In Her Shoes event this March.

On International Women’s Day, March 8, starting at 11:30 am, participants will gather at Ottawa City Hall to head out on a lunchtime walk in support of women and girls worldwide.

The event will include families, VIPs, Parliamentarians, public servants, and students from across the city to walk in solidarity with women and raise critical funds for international humanitarian and development agency CARE Canada.

The event is part of CARE Canada’s global effort to make #March4Women next month. More than a thousand participants will take part in Walk In Her Shoes events in five cities across Canada. They will join a broader CARE effort in more than a dozen countries to raise awareness to the struggle for women’s rights and gender equality.

“CARE is committed to bringing us together to end inequality. We’re not walking alone. Ottawa participants will be joining hundreds more across Canada and around the world to speak out, show their support and help make a real difference for women and girls,” says Catherine Clark, CARE Canada board member and chair of the Ottawa Walk In Her Shoes committee.

The idea behind Walk In Her Shoes comes from the sad reality that too many 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 will be hosting Walk In Her Shoes events in Ottawa, Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary and Edmonton in March and April.

Active in 95 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. Funds raised will support CARE Canada’s efforts to improve nutrition of women and children in Southern Africa. By working to strengthen women’s rights and gender equality, CARE will improve women’s health and fight stunting and malnutrition in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

There is no fee to register. For details, visit: www.care.ca/OttawaWalks

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CARE has volunteers and project experts who have recently traveled to see the work being supported through Walk In Her Shoes. To arrange an interview with a spokesperson, contact:

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

 

Ottawa Event Details:

Date: March 8, 2019 (International Women’s Day)
Time: Starts at 11:30am, with remarks followed by a short walk through downtown. There will be a free lunch after, with the event expected to wrap up at 1:00pm
Location: Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall.
Cost: Registration is free. Participants are encouraged to help raise funds for CARE Canada.

For more information: www.care.ca/ottawawalks | #walkinhershoes #March4Women