[First filed: Oct 22, 2010 @ 8:26]
JOIN IN SOLIDARITY FOR WOMEN TO LIVE WITHOUT THE FEAR AND REALITY OF RAPE AND VIOLENCE
WHAT IS RECLAIM THE NIGHT?
‘Reclaim The Night’ is a chance for women to walk in solidarity and demand the right to live without fear and reality of rape and violence. We demand the right to use public space without fear. We demand this right as a civil liberty; we demand this as a human right.
ABOUT RECLAIM THE NIGHT CANBERRA 2010
This year’s Reclaim The Night will commence in Glebe Park with guest speakers and belly dancers, followed by the march to Garema Place where participants will be encouraged to stay on and enjoy live music, dancing, markets stalls from Handmade Canberra, food & drinks and roving street performers.
We are proud that the speakers, musicians, artisans and performers that are contributing their time and energy to Reclaim The night are all inspirational young women from around the ACT. More details about performances, speeches and activities at Reclaim The Night 2010 will be released here soon.
YOUNG PEOPLE AND RECLAIM THE NIGHT
This year, the theme for Reclaim The Night is Young People. Sexual violence and public safety are significant and pertinent issues for Canberra’s young communities. The highest incidences of rape and violence occur against young women aged 10 to 19 years; five times more than the general population (ABS 2010).
The “State of Australia’s Young People” report (2009) also found that 1 in 3 young people reported experiencing unwanted sex, 25% fet unsafe walking alone at night, and that young people are more likely to be the victims of crime.
HOW CAN MEN SUPPORT RECLAIM THE NIGHT?
Reclaim The Night recognises the valuable contribution that men can make in championing this cause. Men can show their support by challenging male attitudes that support violence against women in their day to day lives and by participating in the march from the back.
Marching from the back is important because it shows men’s support, while providing women with the space to unite together and exercise their right to move freely without protection from men.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF RECLAIM THE NIGHT
- • 1976: 10,000 women and children marched through the streets as a reaction to around 16,000 reported rapes that year
• 1977: Women marched in protest of the police warning that women should not go out at night because of the ‘Ripper’ murders. Women took to the streets to demand “the right to move freely in their communities at day and night without harassment and sexual assault”
• 1978: Women in Sydney and Melbourne joined women around the world, marching for their right to safety
• 2010: Today, we walk for the same reasons… because sexual violence affects one in five Australian women.