Take Back the Night marches to be held Thursday evening in Skidegate and Old Massett

  • Sep. 24, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Submitted by the Haida Gwaii Society for Community Peace-Take Back the Night is an international protest event that seeks to raise awareness of the issues of rape and other forms of sexual violence against women. The event typically involves a march through the streets of a city, town or community as a way to communicate that violence towards women is an issue that needs to be addressed. Specifically the marches serve to spread the message that women should be safe to walk alone at night, without the fear of being assaulted or harassed.Think about your mother, your wife, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt. Do you fear for their safety if they are out at night? Do you feel worried if they are walking on their own at night? The Take Back the Night march symbolizes reclaiming the ability for women to move safely and freely in their communities in the day and night.While Take Back the Night is primarily about the safety of women, here on Haida Gwaii we want to also emphasize the inclusion of children and families in this event. We acknowledge that violence happens to everyone and affects everyone in a community. We also want to recognize our male allies in ending violence against women, and encourage men of all ages to come march with us!The Islands Women Society and the Haida Gwaii Society for Community Peace will be hosting collaborative events for Take Back the Night on Thursday Sept. 27. The south-end march will be at the Skidegate Teen Centre at 7 pm (there will be live music too). The IWS will be convoying anyone needing a ride from Charlotte to the Skidegate Teen Centre at 6:45 pm, please meet at the IWS. Call Bonnie at 250-559-8843 for info.The north-end march will be at the Youth Centre in Old Massett at 7 pm. If anyone from Masset needs a ride please contact Rachel at 626-6052.Both events will have snacks following the march! We would love to have your support!