Peaceful gathering honors women’s rights for International Women’s Day


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Across the nation women marched with a message for equality, justice and human rights for all. In Wilmington several groups joined forces to hold a peaceful gathering at Greenfield Lake Park Wednesday evening.

Each year on March 8th thousands of people celebrate International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, “Be Bold For Change,” and that is what women across the Cape Fear say they strive to do.

Deb Bowen with Grandmother for Peace says today was all about celebrating and honoring women and their contributions to society.

“I’m old enough that I remember when women didn’t have so many rights. And we’re better today. But we’re not well,” Bowen said.

It was not just women who joined in on the celebration, men from across the area also showed there solidarity. Organizations YWCA, Grandmothers for Peace and The Open Space put on the event in honor International Women’s Day.

“We each have whatever is most important to us. Be it school systems, health be it whatever. And we gotta find within ourselves in the boldness to get up and stand up for what we believe in,” organizer, Lynn Heritage said.

Speakers at the event shared inspirational poetry followed by a meditation session at sunset to celebrate peace, love, and women’s rights.

“Today is a very important day not just for the women that are attending today. But for women all over the world. To recognize that their light and their power. And their love is really the force and the courage that’s going to move us into a new era of living,” The Open Space employee, Elena Pezzuto said.

Organizers say they hope to make this an annual event and would like to see even more people come next year.

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