Toronto’s 2023 International Women’s Day March

On March 4, 2023, pk mutch joined an estimated 1600 people who attended the annual International Women’s Day in Toronto. She spoke to Carolyn Ferns, rally organizer; Emily, a social activist with CUPE; and rabble founder Judy Rebick.

This year, the theme of the rally was “Women, Life, Freedom” to show global solidarity with Iranian and Kurdish women’s struggles for their fundamental rights. 

Last Saturday’s International Women’s Day rally was the first in-person event since 2020 and the energy of the rally was energetic. 

Rally and march speakers and performers included: 

  • Dr. Catherine Brooks, Anishnawbe Kwe Elder
  • Chloe Tse, Ontario Health Coalition
  • Eagle Women Singerz
  • Gloria Turney, Personal Support Worker, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Laura Walton, President of Ontario School Board Council of Unions
  • Leny Rose, President of Migrante Ontario
  • Minoo Derashan, Iranian activist
  • South Asian Women’s and Immigrant’s Services
  • Yolanda McClean Secretary Treasurer of CUPE Ontario and President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)

Videography by Greg English. 

Video editing by Stephanie Davoli.

For more photos and coverage from this year’s event, please visit International Women’s Day Toronto’s site.