Queens-based rights group will join march for women

Ann Jawin, the co-founder of the Center for Women of New York, will be attending the second Women’s March on NYC on Saturday.
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By Naeisha Rose

The Center for the Women of New York, an organization dedicated to fighting for women’s rights, located at the Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, will be joining the second annual Women’s March on New York City on Saturday.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will start at West 72nd Street and Central Park West, according to Ann Jawin, the co-founder of CWNY.

A rally will start at 11:30 a.m. at Central Park West between 61st and 62nd Streets, according to Jawin. The march will officially start at 12:30 p.m. at Columbus Circle and segue east on 59th Street, and there will be multiple exits at 43rd, 44th, and 45th Streets.

Jawin believes that under the administration of President Donald Trump, the rights under attack are those of women as well as people from all backgrounds.

“The democracy that we have requires citizens to be educated and to participate,” Jawin said.

One of her fears is the loss of Roe v. Wade, and she hopes this march will continue to galvanize people to fight for reproductive rights. She also hopes more women and men will keep on speaking up and against sexual assault following the #MeToo movement.

“In New York State, we have had a slowdown in the basic issue of reproductive rights,” the CWNY founder said. “This is the issue that men have used to control women through the ages. They want to keep us barefoot and pregnant and get rid of contraception.”

This year’s march comes on the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration.

“When Trump got elected, it was a funeral for us,” Jawin said.

Since taking office, Trump has prohibited foreign NGOs that receive U.S. funding from speaking about abortion; defunded Planned Parenthood; slashed maternity coverage; and undermined Title X, which protects access to family planning centers for low-income individuals, according to plannedparenthoodaction.org.

“The country has been miserable since he has been elected,” Jawin said. “Every week it’s like, what did he say this time?”

To march with the Center for the Women of New York, individuals or groups can contact a representative at centerwny@yahoo.com or call 718-793-0672.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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