About 100 men and women of all ages gathered on the steps of Buffalo’s City Hall Sunday afternoon for this year’s Women’s March. The yearly event was organized by WNY Peace Center as a way to raise awareness on women’s issues, while also promoting women’s empowerment.
The event kicked off around 3 p.m. with a rally, before the group began their march around the surrounding area. Despite the chilly weather, those in attendance tell News 4 they wouldn’t miss the opportunity to make sure their voices were heard.
“I went to the Women’s March in Washington, and since then I’ve been active on a number of campaigns here, because we want to see changes,” said Joan Beverly, one of the participants.
A number of middle school and high school students were in attendance. Also at the march was teacher Helen Fabre, who said she wanted to be out there as a role model for her students.
“I’m out here as a third grade teacher to represent my students and the women out here,” she said. “In this climate we need to show up in numbers and come out and represent everyone.”
The annual event looks to get more women involved in local government and raise awareness when it comes to issues such as women’s health and income inequality.