March On Vancouver
We acknowledge this work is being done on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh). On January 21st, 2017, all across Canada, we marched together in solidarity with Sister Marches around the world. Today, in Canada, we March On. We have a new name with some of the same people. We are the people in your communities who led in January and we are moving forward together now, and here in Vancouver! We have an opportunity to create a grassroots Canadian organization with a unique Canadian voice and Canadian leadership. We’ll focus on Canadian issues and priorities. Please join us.
March on Vancouver has worked with many organizations and individuals in our community and in the U.S., bringing any help we can to the table. We are proud to have worked with and work with:
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March On Vancouver signs United Way Period Promise agreement, and calls on other events to do the same
VANCOUVER – Today, March On Vancouver (MOV) announced their participation in United Way Period Promise Campaign to bring menstrual products to their future events, calling on other organizations to do the same.
“Menstrual health and menstrual equity is a basic human right”, said Jodie Ortega, co-founder, MOV. “We speak about equality issues and human rights in every part of our activism, so it was a natural extension of it in our commitment to access of menstrual products at our events.”
United Way Period Promise volunteer co-chair Nikki Hill welcomed the addition to the agreement. “It’s really exciting to see an organization that is so important to the fight for equality and dignity commit to provide free menstrual products to attendees, and to collect tampons, pads, and reusable products to support vulnerable people in our community. This is true commitment and leadership – and an exciting step in making our communities, and everything we do in community, more accessible to everybody who menstruates.”
“The fact that profit determines access to menstrual products is ridiculous. This human right of accessible menstrual care shouldn’t be up for debate”, said Bodil Geyer, co-founder, MOV. ”I shake my head thinking that we need to do fundraising for folx who carry the financial burden of a natural, monthly occurrence. The Period Promise Campaign puts the onus on organizations and governments, and we applaud that.”
March On Vancouver in a first of its kind agreement will be collecting products for the campaign, as well as providing them wherever possible in events, including putting them in the portable washrooms and adjacent neighbouring bathrooms.
“We have thousands coming to our marches, and rallies, so why not ask them to extend that demonstration to action and create an opportunity for them to contribute or receive”, said Samantha Monckton, co-founder, MOV. “This issue is never going away, this campaign is getting stronger, and we hope our agreement will encourage other organizations to do our part to help accessibility to products.