The results of the U.S. election earlier this month have shown Christine Filipowich that the marginalizing of women can happen anywhere.
“It’s a little bit scary,” the president of the Zonta Club of Niagara Falls said Friday, the morning after a candlelight walk at Table Rock to mark the start of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. “It’s on our doorstep.”
This year marks the 25th year of the UN initiative. More than 5,500 organizations, policymakers, governments, and UN agencies plus countless individuals from more than 180 countries participate. The campaign focuses on cultures of violence, sexism, racism, homophobia and calls for the implementation of human rights obligations, including the right to health and reproductive rights, the end to militarism and gender-based violence, as well as other like-mannered global issues.
Speakers at the walk included Tony Baldinelli of the Niagara Parks Commission, Zonta District 4 governor Lori Robinson, YWCA Niagara board vice-president Jennifer Bonato and Jackie Labonte of the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre.
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