This guides everything we do.
Women's March Ottawa is a chapter of Women's March Global, an international organization with the goal of inspiring, uniting, and leading the charge for the advancement of women around the world. Based in Ottawa, our mission is to harness the power of diverse women and their communities to educate, advocate, and provoke transformative change. These actions begin - but don't end - with an annual march.
Grounded in the values of intersectional feminism, Women's March Ottawa is committed to challenging all forms of systemic discrimination, bias, and oppression. We believe fiercely in the inclusion of all women in our movement, including women of colour, Indigenous women, working-class and low-income women, women of all ages, newcomer women, women with disabilities, women of diverse religious backgrounds, and LGBTQ2S+ women. We pursue, unapologetically, a world in which all women can thrive and carry out their lives in the way they choose. For these reasons and more, we're marching again in 2020.
In striving to create events - and ultimately a society - that prioritizes the safety and inclusion of marginalized communities, we don't tolerate -isms or -phobias of any kind. This includes sexism, racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, ageism, colonialism, ableism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia. The pursuit of women's rights cannot be separated from the goals of other social justice movements, and we strive to uplift one another in our actions and words.
Following from this, we believe strongly in the power of allyship and partnership. As a result, we strive to work alongside other community organizations and stakeholders that share our values and goals whenever possible.
Importantly, the work of Women's March Ottawa is grounded in principles of non-violent protest and peaceful civic demonstration.
Finally, we acknowledge that our work takes place on the unceded and unsurrendered land of the Algonquin people. We pay respect to the traditional caretakers of the land, and strive to walk the path of reconciliation and challenge colonialism and its effects in all that we do.