Reclaim the Night

Since 2004, the London Feminist Network has organised an annual, national women’s Reclaim the Night march against rape and all forms of male violence against women.

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Reclaim the Night 2017! Saturday 25th November

Assemble at Whitehall Place, SW1 at 6.00 pm

In the climate of #MeToo, #YoTambien and #BalanceTonPorc Reclaim the Night is as relevant as ever – if not more so.

On Saturday 25 November 2017, close the streets of central London in the annual women only Reclaim the Night march. This march is a show of strength and a collective demand for freedom from sexual violence and harassment. It is a loud and proud protest by women and against male violence, oppression and marginalisation.

Reclaim the Night came to the UK 40 years ago, in 1977. One of the first marches took place in Leeds where women took to the streets to protest the police requesting women to stay at home after dark in response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders. Placards read “No curfew on women – curfew on men”. It is hard to believe we are still marching 40 years later, yet the recent outpouring of #MeToo on social media only makes it clear why this is important. The statistics speak for themselves: two women a week are killed by their male partner or ex-partner. One in three women experience sexual abuse of some kind in their lifetime. This is unacceptable.

We are marking 40 years of Reclaiming the Night at the rally with a number of prominent speakers discussing the current issues they are still fighting for.

Stella Creasy MP, discussing the abortion law in Northern Ireland.
Nimco Ali of the Women’s Equality Party and anti-FGM campaigner.
• The campaign group IC Change which is pushing forward the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on Violence Against Women.
• The Not Buying It campaign discussing the objectification of women, by the porn and sex trade and by their normalising by the mass media.
Becca Morden, co-founder of London Reclaim the Night.
Justice for Women are launching their new campaign to support the cases of Sally Challen, Farieissia Martin and Emma-Jayne Magson. These three women have been convicted of murdering their violent partners. You can support the campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/JusticeForWomenCampaign.

More event details here.

Join us for London Reclaim the Night! Close down central London for women, put your feet on the streets to shout a loud NO to rape and all forms of male violence against women.

Violence against women continues to occur every minute of every day, but women everywhere are making a stand. Join us and join millions across the globe who will be marking the annual United Nations Day to End Violence Against Women (25th November) with demonstrations and marches in their own localities.

With ideological cuts threatening the refuge and rape crisis movements in the UK we need to take back the capital to demonstrate women’s support for essential women’s services, demand justice for survivors and spread the message that no woman is ever to blame for male violence against her.

Bring placards, banners, friends and song. March for your friends and family, your colleagues, your daughters, yourself – march for all of us; march for a better world, free from violence and abuse.

London Reclaim The Night is a women-only march. Men who would like to support the event are encouraged to join the Men’s Vigil, before joining us at the mixed rally. Details can be found here.

To contact Reclaim The Night, email us at: rtnlondon_comms@yahoo.co.uk.

Meanwhile, if you live in London, you may be interested in joining the London Feminist Network. We are one of the largest grassroots feminist activist organisations in the country with over 1600 members. We hold monthly meetings, book groups and seminars, and we have a lively e-mail discussion group. We organise conferences and of course, Reclaim the Night. We are all volunteers and we are unfunded. We always welcome new members and new volunteers to get involved in making feminist things happen in our capital!

Check us out on: www.londonfeministnetwork.org.uk

You can contact the London Feminist Network at londonfeminist@yahoo.co.uk

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Marches are normally held on the nearest Saturday to the 25th November to mark the UN Day to End Violence Against Women.

Can you volunteer as a steward at 2017 Reclaim The Night? We also need other volunteers such as first aiders, signers, and to distribute flyers. What can you offer? Contact rtnlondon_comms@yahoo.co.uk to find out more.

Date for your diary

Saturday 25th November 2017

Women take back London on Reclaim the Night!