RECLAIM THE NIGHT NEWCASTLE & HUNTER 2017
Reclaim the Night Newcastle & Hunter will this year be held at Gregson Park, Steel Street Hamilton, on the 27th of October at 6pm.
Join us for a night of action as we take to the streets, reclaim the night, and demand an end to all forms of violence against women and their children.
This years event will include:
• Welcome to Country
• March down Beaumont Street
• Family friendly entertainment including poetry and live music
• A BBQ hosted by Lions Newcastle, with food and beverages available for purchase
• Stalls for community groups and service providers
This is a family friendly event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.
You are encouraged to bring signs, banners, picnic blankets or chairs.
Please note, that the march itself down Beaumont Street is for Women* and their children only. The march is symbolic and for women to collectively reclaim the night and assert our right to live a life completely free from violence - at home, at work, at University, and on the streets.
*This includes trans, non binary and gender diverse individuals.
We encourage men to attend this event to show their support for Reclaim the Night and our cause to end all forms of violence against women, and are welcome to attend the festivities before and after the march (which will include speeches and music), and to watch the march from the side.
If you would like more information regarding Reclaim the Night, would like to volunteer, or are a community group or service provider interested in holding a stall please contact Jacinta Mortell on 0412 519 048 or at ReclaimtheNight.Newcastle@gmail.com
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.