Last year, the inauguration of Donald Trump to the office of US president brought people across the globe, and on Bowen, to their feet to march for equality and women’s rights.
Roughly fourty Bowen Islanders marched again on Saturday morning.
Sarah Yu-Rutherford said that for her, a feeling of opposition to President Trump and all that he represents is still her motivation.
“Rather than sitting at home and moaning or being angry, it feels good to be a part of something,” she says. “It may be a small march, but it is connected to all the others happening across the globe.”
Another marcher, spoke to the crowd and said that since Trump got elected, she’s been writing letters to have her voice heard on women’s issues and other issues as well. She put it to the crowd: this is a concrete thing that more of us need to take on.
For march organizer Robyn Fenton, this event is a way to help keep an important conversation going.
“There is so much to say in the realm of equality and fighting sexism,” says Fenton. “I see most of the issues as being provincial and federal, but we need more women in positions of power and leadership to bring those issues up front in centre, and from there craft a more equal society.”