Res­i­dents are ready to Re­claim the Night

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY women are pre­par­ing to “Re­claim the Night” at a spe­cial march against do­mes­tic, fam­ily and sex­ual vi­o­lence in Air­lie Beach tomorrow (Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 25).

The Re­claim the Night march is a free com­mu­nity event, which is open to women, men and chil­dren to at­tend. It is a world­wide event that started in 1977 and is now held an­nu­ally on the last Fri­day of Oc­to­ber, which is Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Month (SVAM).

The event is about re­claim­ing the right to live free from the threat of sex­ual vi­o­lence.

By march­ing, women and their sup­port­ers are united in the de­mand for an end to sex­ual vio- lence and all forms of vi­o­lence, not only on the streets at night, but also in the home, the work­place and in all ar­eas of women’s lives.

Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre ( WNC) fam­ily sup­port worker San­dra Kelly said Re­claim the Night was an event that gave the con­cerns of lo­cal women a voice and al­lowed lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers to take a stand against sex­ual vi­o­lence.

Ms Kelly said plans were un­der­way to march with a drum and tam­bourines, with all par­tic­i­pants en­cour­aged to bring their own “noise”.

All those who wish to take part in the march are asked to meet at the mar­ket area be­side the Air­lie Es­planade by 6.15pm.

The march will be fol­lowed by an ad­dress by a guest speaker and a sausage siz­zle.

The Whit­sun­day Re­claim the Night event is part of a range of ini­tia­tives of­fered through­out SVAM and con­ducted by WNC, the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice (WCCS), Zonta and other mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions of the Whit­sun­day Do­mes­tic and Sex­ual Vi­o­lence In­te­grated Re­sponse Net­work.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact WNC on 4946 7850 or WCCS on 4946 2999.

READY TO MARCH: Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre fam­ily sup­port worker San­dra Kelly and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Ta­mara Noble with signs for tomorrow's Re­claim the Night march, which were made at a ban­ner paint­ing workshop hosted by the cen­tre last week.

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