International Women’s Day marked in Cowichan

Women in office in the Cowichan Valley were celebrated at the International Women’s Day event in Duncan on Saturday, March 7, 2020. (Kelsey McLean/Black Press)
Rhoda Taylor speaks at the celebration of International Women’s Day in Duncan on Saturday, March 7. (Kelsey McLean/Black Press)
A good crowd packed into Charles Hoey Park in Duncan on Saturday, March 7 for International Women’s Day celebrations. (Kelsey McLean/Black Press)
A local installation of the Red Dress Project, which remembers women and girls effected by violence, was a stark reminder at the International Women’s Day event in Charles Hoey Park in Duncan on Saturday, March 7. (Kelsey McLean/Black Press)
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor spoke at the International Women’s Day celebration in Duncan on Saturday, March 7, 2020. (Kelsey McLean/Black Press)
International Women’s Day in Duncan was an opportunity for people to get together at Charles Hoey Park and remember and celebrate women. (Kelsey McLean/Black Press)
Speakers at the International Women’s Day event in Duncan on Saturday, March 7. (Kelsey McLean/Black Press)
Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples was one of the Cowichan Valley women in politics who was honoured at the International Women’s Day celebration in Duncan on Saturday, March 7. (Kelsey McLean/Black Press)
Speakers at the International Women’s Day event in Duncan on Saturday, March 7. (Kelsey McLean/Black Press)

By Kelsey McLean

For many in the Cowichan Valley, International Women’s Day began on Saturday, with the International Women’s Day Rally in Charles Hoey Park. Among those celebrated were politicians, mothers, and other women who have taken initiative in the community.

There were also moments of remembrance and calls to action. A local installation of The Red Dress Project was on display in the park to put a spotlight on those Indigenous women that have been tragically lost, both locally and internationally.

This year focused on women in leadership roles, and for good reason. As of 2020, the Cowichan Valley has achieved gender parity within their 62 locally elected positions.

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