Residents are ready to Reclaim the Night
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.