(OTTAWA) – Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will help kick-off CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes event on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, March 6.
Ahead of International Women’s Day, she will join more than 300 Ottawa residents to help raise awareness and critical funds towards CARE Canada’s efforts to promote gender equality and women’s rights.
Participants will do a symbolic walk in solidarity with women and girls in developing countries who must walk far distances each day to collect the basics their families need to survive —water, food and firewood. Because of this, many impoverished women and girls have little time to get an education or earn an income.
Funds raised from Walk In Her Shoes will support CARE Canada, 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.
When: Tuesday, March 6. Event starts at 11:30am, speeches at 11:50am, walk kicks off at 12:00pm with a short symbolic walk to City Hall. Lunch and activities will all wrap up by 1:00pm.
Where: Participants can gather in front of Centre Block at Parliament Hill. The short walk will take place along Wellington Street to Elgin Street to Laurier Avenue in toCity Hall.
Special guests will include:
- Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
- Mayor Jim Watson (who will greet participants at City Hall)
- Students from Elmwood, Immaculata, Glebe Collegiate Institute, Brookfield and Ashbury
- Trisha Owens from CTV News / CFRA 580
- Catherine Clark, CARE Canada Board Member and Walk in Her Shoes Ottawa Committee Chair
- Gillian Barth, CARE Canada President and CEO
Photo/Video opportunities: An estimated 300 enthusiastic Ottawa residents are expected to gather with banners and signs in support of women and girls. They will be wearing orange and grey toques in support of CARE.
Video from 2017 event, which also featured Madame Grégoire Trudeau: https://youtu.be/_eBiGp1db3E
Participants: Everyone is invited for this walk. Participants will include women, men, boys and girls. At least five schools across Ottawa are joining the CARE walk and are mobilizing their school communities to Walk In Her Shoes on March 6.
Further details or to donate: To learn more or register, visit: www.walkinhershoes.ca #walkinhershoes
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