Support the Women’s Monument by keeping Thornton Park dedicated to women’s rights!
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Marker of Change, the Women's Monument in Thornton Park, Vancouver, exists to remember and honour women and girls who have been murdered here and around the world.
The Vancouver Parks Board decided to place an unrelated monument in close proximity to Marker of Change, (the proposed Ireland Canada Monument (ICM)), which will name and celebrate Irish settlers. But an alternative, much more suitable site could be identified for the ICM.
We appeal to the Parks Board to reconsider this decision. We urge you not to put another sculpture in this small flat park unless it is also making a statement that strengthens the position of all women and girls.
Marker of Change, and the devastating reality of violence against women that it reflects, requires space and respect to continue to act as a catalyst for change.
The lack of public spaces that reflect the realities of women’s lives is a profound absence in the world. While women in other countries call for the creation of women’s monuments, here in Vancouver we have Marker of Change in Thornton Park. The significance of the creation of this sacred space created in the 1990s by the Women’s Monument Committee and the Vancouver Parks Board cannot be overstated. But women’s achievements are often threatened and minimized.
We, the Women’s Monument Committee, are calling for public support on behalf of Marker of Change.