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Women's Memorial March on Valentine's Day


This past Monday marked the 20th anniversary of this annual march organized by the women of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to remember and honour murdered and missing woman.

In the drenching rain, hundreds filled the streets led by aboriginal leaders and drummers (a disproportionate number of the victims are native women).

The procession stopped at locations where women have been found dead or were last seen. Red roses marked sites where women were found murdered, yellow roses where missing women were last seen. Unfortunately, each year the list of locations grows. In the past year, 10 women have been murdered in the Downtown Eastside alone. Now in its 20th year, the march has grown to include victims on the Highway of Tears (highway to Prince George) as well as across Canada. Over 3000 women have gone missing or were murdered in this county since 1970.

This year similar marches were held in at least 10 other cities across the country. Was there one in your area?


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