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Women take to Vancouver's streets and march against violence
Staff Reporter, February 14, 2017
More than 1.000 people gathered to march through downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 to bring attention to the rights of women and in particular to the plight of missing indigenous women in B.C. and Canada.
Thousands attend the 27th annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver on Tuesday. The march is to remember women who have died owing to physical, mental and emotional violence.
Thousands gathered Tuesday in the intersection at Main and Hastings streets for the annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver.
In its 27th year, the event is held each Valentine’s Day to honour the memory of women from the Downtown Eastside who died violently.
During the march, friends and families led by indigenous women stopped at sites where these women died or were last seen, and offered prayers, medicine or roses in remembrance.
Organizers say that despite the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, “the reality on the ground in the Downtown Eastside has not changed.”