On Thursday 26 February, we will Reclaim the Night. We will light up the city of Manchester, amplify our collective voices and take to the streets and say 'NO' to sexual violence against women, street harassment, rape culture and victim blaming.
This creative, inspiring event is open to the whole community and will be full of colour, light and noise. The march will be led by a self defining women only block and followed by a mixed block open to all genders.
A recent survey of young women showed that 43% have reported being sexually harassed in a public place in the last 12 months. A 2013 Home Office study showed that one in five women have been sexually assaulted since the age of 16, yet only 15% felt able to report this to the authorities.
Sexual violence against women is an epidemic. Together, we have the power to fight back.
The march will gather in Owens Park outside The Tower, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield at 19:00.
A neon parade will head down Wilmslow Road and Oxford Road, which will be closed to traffic, towards the University of Manchester Students’ Union.
The evening continues with the Reclaim the Night FREE AFTER PARTY, a festival of the finest women talent, with live music, speakers, poets, community stalls and awesome DJs till late - at the Students' Union from 20:30 - 02:00.
This year is going to be bigger, brighter and louder than ever. Bring your glow sticks, bring your friends and bring your voices.
Reclaim the Night t-shirts are now available from The Store for £12! There are four different styles available, all printed with GLOW IN THE DARK ink! All profits will go to local charities that work with women who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence and street harassment.