Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Human Rights Award

Women’s March Canada has learned of the decision to suspend the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Human Rights Award which was set to be given to members of Women's March US (officially known as Women’s March, Inc.). This decision was brought about due to an open letter written by FES scholarship holders and alumni citing allegations of anti-Semitism perpetrated by Women’s March US.

We agree with FES that all allegations of anti-Semitism must be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.

We at Women’s March Canada (an independent not-for-profit incorporation in Canada) support FES in its decision to properly investigate these allegations. The Foundation must be confident in the integrity of the individuals and organisations who receive this award as representative of global efforts to support human rights. As a separate organisation from Women’s March US, Women’s March Canada is proud to represent organizers and Chapters from across Canada and support their grassroots activities, and we welcome the opportunity to work with FES in the future.

The mission of Womens March Canada is to inspire, unite and lead the charge for the advancement of women across Canada. Our voice at Women’s March Canada is intersectional, diverse, and flexible, and embodies an open, collaborative, and transparent philosophy that aligns and works with other women’s rights and human rights groups across the country.

Women’s March Canada was founded on the principle that people of all backgrounds – women and men and gender nonconforming people, young and old, of diverse faiths, disabled, immigrants and indigenous – are all deserving of equality, justice, freedom, and inclusion.

We will continue to embody these principles to amplify and activate issues using education, mobilisation, dialogue, engagement and collective action.

In Community and Solidarity,
The Women’s March Canada Community

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