January 21, 2018 5:31 pm

Mini women’s march in Nova Scotia village draws half of local population

File photo of last year's women's march in Sandy Cove, N.S., Jan. 21, 2017.

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SANDY COVE, N.S. – A small-scale women’s march that charmed the internet last year more than doubled its 15-person turnout in a rural Nova Scotia village this year.

Organizer Gwen Wilson says cars honked and onlookers cheered as the group trudged down the only road in Sandy Cove on Saturday in solidarity with hundreds of other marches for women’s rights around the world.

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Wilson says around 32 marchers from the fishing village and surrounding communities on the Digby Neck took part in the roughly one-kilometre trek – amounting to nearly half of Sandy Cove’s 65-person permanent population.

She says she still receives messages of support after a video of last year’s hastily organized march garnered more than 150,000 views and even attracted the interest of The New York Times.

READ MORE: Tiny Nova Scotia village’s women’s march charms the internet

The 64-year-old retired teacher says she thinks the international attention shows that you don’t have to live in a big city to stand up for your beliefs.

Wilson says the pint-sized demonstration has had a “groundbreaking” impact on Sandy Cove, leading to a sustained discussion about women’s rights over the past year.

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