Post Women’s March and Canada

(Photo: Women’s March on Washington ©Sarah French, 2017)

January 2017

The Women’s March on Washington was a historic event, with an estimated 5 million people participating in Washington and in solidarity “sister” marches across the world. The Women’s March was organized around women’s rights issues, but also about the intersectionality of human rights issues, in the face of rising instances of racism, Islamophobia, transphobia, ableism, misogyny and discrimination. While these are not new issues in Canada, the marches on January 21st, 2017 were about bringing people together to stand in solidarity. In Canada, marches were held from coast, to coast, to coast. The momentum from these events has led many to ask, what’s next?

Here are a few ways to show support for human rights in Canada, and around the world:

* British Columbia and Nunavut do not have a Human Rights Commission.

  • If you would like more information on human rights institutions in Canada, visit HRI’s Canadian Human Rights Institutions Map.
  • Learn about a few ways you can address issues of Islamophobia (this resource provides a lot of suggestions on what individuals can do to address Islamophobia, starting with ourselves, our families and our communities. This information is being provided as a resource to readers. It has been externally developed. HRI does not own this material.)
  • Support Canadian human rights organizations working on an issue of concern for you (this list is intended to be a starting point, it is not an exhaustive list of organizations in Canada):

Human Rights 

Amnesty International Canada (English Section)

Human Rights Watch

Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education

Civil Liberties 

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Rights of the Chlid

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children

Refugee Rights

Canadian Council for Refugee

Women’s Rights 

Canadian Women’s Foundation

Canadian Council of Muslim Women 

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

Indigenous Rights

Native Women’s Association of Canada


LGBTI Rights

EGALE Canada

Right to Health

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Disability Rights 

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Housing Rights

Centre for Equality in Rights Accommodation


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