Marchers protest at vi­o­lence to women

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

Women and their sup­port­ers will take to take to Stir­ling’s streets on Fri­day evening in a show of sol­i­dar­ity as part of the Re­claim the Night move­ment.

The an­nual event orig­i­nated in the 70s in re­sponse to vi­o­lence against women and has be­come a global phe­nom­e­non.

And with the dawn of the Me Too move­ment this year’s event has par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance.

Fri­day’s will be Stir­ling’s third Re­claim the Night march, meet­ing at 6.30pm at Stir­ling Cas­tle esplanade for a 7pm start.

Re­claim the Night started in the UK in 1977, when women marched through the streets in Leeds to protest aganst a night-time cur­few on women in re­sponse to the Yorkshire Rip­per mur­ders.

Rather than ask­ing men to stay at home, women were told to re­main in­side in or­der to be safe from vi­o­lence.

Forty years later women still take part in the march to de­mand jus­tice, protest against rape and sex­ual vi­o­lence and sup­port a woman’s right to walk the streets with­out fear.

Stir­ling Coun­cil’s pub­lic safety con­vener Mau­reen Ben­ni­son said:“Re­claim the Night is open to ev­ery­one who wants to say a firm no to all forms of vi­o­lence, con­trol­ling be­hav­iours and abuse men use to­wards women.

“Marches and protests like Re­claim the Night em­power women and girls to chal­lenge every­day sex­ism. They also gives men an op­por­tu­nity to look at their own be­hav­iours to­wards women.”

Those tak­ing part in the march can take glow­sticks, lights and plac­ards to make their pres­ence felt.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the march go to www.forth­val­leyrapecri­sis. org.uk/re­claim-the -night.

There will also be a Christ­mas mar­ket in Stir­ling Ar­cade from 5.30-9pm on Fri­day, dis­play­ing the work of fe­male craft­work­ers and rais­ing money for Forth Val­ley Rape Cri­sis. The mar­ket was orig­i­nally to be held at Stir­ling In­door Bowl­ing Club, River­side.

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