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The theme for International Women's Day this year is 'Each For Equal' meaning everyone can challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, and celebrate women's achievements. March 6/ 2020 (Eric Taschner)

'Join Me on the Bridge' rally on North Bay overpass advocating for women's equality.

Ahead of International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8th, a small but devoted group were out in North Bay for a rally on the West Ferris overpass, to promote taking a stand for peace and women’s equality.

The "Join Me On The Bridge" march and rally started eight years ago when Kathleen Jodouin and others were reflecting on the women from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of The Congo, who came together in solidarity at the border between the two nations during times of war.

"We thought if they can make a stand for women's equality, than we can do the same thing here in North Bay," said Jodouin.

"Women have made a lot of strives for women's equality and we certainly have seen improvement."

Organizers and supporters want to see more men support women's equality, pay equity for all women, and more women holding positions of power in all levels of government.

"Women are sitting on boards, women are politicians sitting on councils and but we need more women and that's something we're trying to establish," said Kaarina Tulisalo, Canadian Federation of University Women  North Bay Co-President.

The theme for International Women's Day this year is 'Each For Equal' meaning everyone can challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, and celebrate women's achievements.

"It focuses on what each person can do for the movement and we have a way to go but we'll get there," said Tulisalo.

The vision of these advocates is for a peaceful world –a place where everyone is treated equally.

"It's going to build a better future for me," said supporter Elexia Langlois.

 "I'm not alone. Women do have the power and do have the say."