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MEDIA ADVISORY: Ottawa International Women’s Day walk for women worldwide

OTTAWA -- In celebration of International Women’s Day on Friday March 8th, hundreds of Ottawa residents will gather at City Hall to walk in support of women and girls worldwide.

They will be walking as part of the third annual Walk In Her Shoes event, in support of international development and humanitarian agency CARE Canada.

More than 400 participants are expected to attend, including students from at least eight Ottawa schools. They will take part in a short lunch time walk through Ottawa’s downtown core.

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.

Funds raised from Walk In Her Shoes will support CARE Canada. 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.

The event is being co-organized by local volunteers and CARE Canada.

Walk In Her Shoes is part of CARE Canada’s global effort to make #March4Women throughout the month of March. 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 across 30 countries to raise awareness to the struggle for women’s rights and gender equality.

 

Participants: Everyone is invited for this walk. More than 400 people are expected to attend, including students, diplomats, public servants, families, women, men, boys and girls.

Photo/Video opportunities: An estimated 400 participants will walk together through Ottawa’s downtown carrying signs and showing their support for women and girls on International Women’s Day. This includes students from at least eight Ottawa schools.

When: Friday, March 8, 11:30am – 1pm

Event starts at 11:30, remarks at 11:50, walk leaves City Hall at noon. Upon returning to City Hall after the walk, there will be a free lunch and activities, with the event expected to wrap up at 1:00pm.

Where: Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall.

Cost: Registration is free. Participants are encouraged to help raise funds for CARE Canada.

Further details or to donate: To learn more or register, visit: care.ca/ottawawalks

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Local volunteers and CARE spokespeople are available to discuss this event. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

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