Officials with Strait Area Women’s Place are holding their second annual Denim Day Walk.
The event gets underway at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre Wednesday.
Mary Elizabeth Cameron (left), organizer, says the walk started as a result of something that happened in Italy back in the 1990s.
Cameron told The Hawk Morning Show members of an Italian court overturned a sex assault conviction against a driving instructor.
“The judge said that her jeans were too tight- therefore, she had to help him take them off, implying consent,” she said. “After that happened, the next day, men and women in Italy marched on Parliament wearing denim; it’s become an international event to support victims and change the conversation around sexual assault.”
Cameron said their event has added significance as the #MeToo movement continues to pick up steam.
Jessica Simms-Barss (right), organizer, said there are a number of pieces to the event in addition to the walk itself.
“We’re going to have a small gathering in the beginning; we have a couple of guest speakers, we have a local poet,” she said. “We’re going to do a reading; Mary Elizabeth and I have a powerful message to share and then a peaceful protest.”
They say the protest includes demonstrators with signs and posters, and chants.
The event gets underway at 6 p.m.