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tribute to the missing women

12th ANNUAL WOMEN’S MEMORIAL MARCH

FEBRUARY 14, 2003

A DAY OF ROSES AND REMEMBRANCE FOR THE WOMEN WHO HAVE TRAGICALLY DIED AND HOPE FOR THE WOMEN WHO ARE STILL MISSING IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE.

“Their Spirits Live Within Us”

The Women’s Memorial March is held on Valentine’s Day February 14, to commemorate the women in the Downtown Eastside who die each year due to violence; not just physical violence, but the violence of poverty, homelessness, addictions, and lack of medical care.

The women’s lives and deaths are swept aside because of where these women lived or what they did. We want to remember who they were. They are not faceless; they are human beings deserving more than what they got.

This year we have learned of the fates of 19 of the 63 women who have been missing from our community for so long. While their loved ones grieve their loss, we continue to pray for those who are still missing. It is important that all these women not be forgotten, but remembered, honoured and loved for who they were; mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, grandmothers and friends. We must continue to put pressure on the police and other authorities, reminding them that women are still extremely vulnerable to systemic violence in our city.

The Women’s Memorial March begins at Carnegie Centre at Main & Hastings. A community of friends and family members led by women, will move together through the streets of the Downtown Eastside, stopping at the sites where women have died, to leave a rose in remembrance and do a smudge for healing.

ITINERARY – 12TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S MARCH

Friday, February 14th, 2003

12:00 PM         Speakers, Carnegie Center Theatre

  1:00 PM         March begins with a circle at Main & Hastings

 2:00 PM          Speakers outside the police station

 2:30 PM          Healing Circle at Oppenheimer Park

 3:00 PM          Feast at the Japanese Language Hall, 475 Alexander Street

tribute to the missing women

 

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Updated: August 21, 2016