Reclaim the Night is part of a global protest for women's right to be free from sexual violence and abuse, occurring on the last Friday in October every year. The first Reclaim the Night march was held in Belgium in March 1976 by the women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes against Women. They marched together holding candles to protest the ways in which violence permeates the lives of women worldwide. Other marches were later held in Rome in 1976 as a reaction to recently released rape statistics, in West Germany in 1977, and the movement quickly spread throughout every continent in the world.
Australia’s first Reclaim the Night march took place in 1978, and Newcastle has a proud tradition of joining this international movement to demonstrate our support for essential women’s services, demand justice for survivors and to spread the message that no woman is ever to blame for male violence against her.