Salt Spring Islanders were part of a global movement recognizing the importance of protecting women’s rights on Saturday, with a crowd of 600 moving through the streets of Ganges in a local event supporting the Women’s March on Washington.
Salt Spring marchers participated in a wave of pink that stretched across North America and around the world, with many protesters wearing knitted “pussy hats” to rebuke U.S. president Donald Trump for seemingly bragging about sexual assault.
Marilyn Guille organized a local knitters’ group to make and distribute the hats on Salt Spring.
Explaining their significance at Saturday’s rally, she said, “It’s simply a sea of pink to show we stand together united, and to be part of a powerful visual statement.”
“Pink is considered a very female colour, representing caring, compassion and love, all qualities that have been derided as weak but are actually strong,” she continued. “Wearing pink together is a powerful statement that we are unapologetically feminine, and we unapologetically stand for women’s rights.”
Though motivated by the governance changes that predict a clamping down on women’s, LGBT and civil rights in the United States, Saturday’s overall message was a positive one based on unity.
“This is not an anti-Trump rally, in my opinion,” said Nomi Lyonns, who coordinated the event with Sharyn Carroll and Kim Tebbutt.