Women's Unity March in Monroe

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Here at home, people took to the streets of Monroe as well as part of a peaceful call for equality.

Courtesy: KNOE
Courtesy: KNOE

Women, men and even kids were making their voices heard in downtown Monroe Saturday morning for the sake of women's equality.
"We should never ever be afraid to ask to be treated equally," Jennifer Haneline said. "It shows the unity when you don't have to scream at people or yell at people, because we're not asking for anything ridiculous."

This peaceful showing of unity and awareness mirrors the Women's March in Washington D.C. on a smaller scale.

"I thought, 'Why isn't Monroe doing one?' I mean we can get together, multi-party, it doesn't matter if you're affiliated with one party or another, and march for women's equality and women's empowerment," Simran Emaus, the march's organizer, said.

It was all planned in less than three days. Organizers say the large turnout speaks volumes.

"We're not trying to do anything bad or be aggressive about anything. It's just obvious that everyone should be treated equally." Cole Deriso, a demonstrator, said.

Raising voices and awareness no matter how loud.

Organizers of the march say they weren't protesting, but showing their voices can be heard without violence and destruction.