The Women’s Centre is hosting another Feminist Walk on Saturday, May 3 (2-4pm), and we’d love to have you join us! This time we’ll be part of Jane’s Walk, a city- and world-wide movement that goes back to Jane Jacobs, an urbanist and activist who was passionate about a community-based approach to city building.
Together, we will walk throughout downtown and explore Calgary’s rich herstory and current women’s issues. Walk participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts at each stop along the way!
Curious to find out a bit more before joining us for the walk? Women’s Centre volunteer, Izzy, has participated in many of our past feminist walks and shares her thoughts below!
How would you describe the Women’s Centre’s Feminist Walk?
The Feminist Walk is one of my favourite Women’s Centre events! Throughout the history of our city, women have played a fundamental role, fighting for gender equity, for human rights and against poverty. And yet, we don’t often see them celebrated or remembered in the same way as their male counterparts. Furthermore, many of the struggles of our female forebears are not over.
The Walk takes place in downtown Calgary and includes a variety of stops. At each stop, local women will share stories that mark the achievements of some of the women who have gone before us, that highlight the work being done by women today and that look to our future and what we women aspire to be.
How did you get involved with the Feminist Walk?
I have had the honour of being involved with the Feminist Walk as a facilitator since its beginning in 2011. I attended a similar Feminist Walk in Dublin, Ireland in 2008 and was really struck by how important it is to celebrate women in history, not just those who became famous and achieved extraordinary accomplishments but also all the unknown women who supported their families in countless hours of hard and unpaid work in difficult circumstances. Setting up our own version of the Walk here in Calgary with the Women’s Centre has been a dream come true and a ton of fun!
Who should join us for the walk?
Anyone and everyone! The walk is open to anyone interested in learning more about Calgary’s herstory and women’s issues in Calgary. We try to include new content every time we run the walk, so even those who have walked with us before will be able to hear something new.