Reclaim the Night

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

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Reclaim the Night 2021! Saturday 27th November

Assemble Bryanston Street, London, W1 at 6.00pm for a women-only march

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. For latest details check our event page here and on Facebook

In 2021, we are pleased to welcome speakers including:

Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Oxford East, Shadow Women & Equalities Secretary: anneliesedodds.org.uk
Patricia Chinyoka, an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, CEO of Women of Zimbabwe, and founder of Care for Someone
Susan Aitouaziz, Joint Chair of London East and South East TUC Women's Rights Committee and the National Education Union's London Women's Organising Forum

Recent events highlight the continuing need for Reclaim the Night. Violence against women and girls surged alarmingly during the COVID-19 pandemic and we went into lockdown. Globally the statistics are horrific and the UK is no exception. RESPECT, the national domestic violence charity, reported a large increase in cases and in the first 3 weeks of lockdown, 14 women and 2 children were murdered (3 times more than usual). Engagement with the National Stalking Advocacy Service, Report Harmful Content Hotline and Revenge Porn Helpline doubled.

Reclaim the Night came to the UK over 40 years ago. In 1977 women in Leeds took to the streets to protest the police requesting women to stay at home after dark in response to the murders of 13 women by (recently deceased) Peter Sutcliffe. Placards read “No curfew on women – curfew on men”. It is hard to believe we are still marching, but we will not stop until we can walk the streets at night, without the fear of rape. Women still face widespread violence from day to day harrassment in the street to sexual assault, rape and murder. And we remain in a climate where this is still normalised as acceptable 'banter', where prosecutions for assaults are decreasing, and specialist services for women are under attack. This is unacceptable and 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.

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 the rally which is open to all. More details can be found here.

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

We are also on Facebook – please ‘like’ us!

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

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Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa and Ending Violence Against All Women and Girls

We stand in solidarity with our sisters organising at this time. We see you, Sarah. We see you Sabina. We see you, women raising their voices and taking a stand against male violence. We see you, women who go missing and are killed. We see you, Black women who go missing at higher rates but receive less public outrage. We reject the “not all men” excuse and are still angry that all women walk the streets in fear at night, after so many marches and so many voices raised. Reclaim the Night may have begun as torchlit marches in 1977 as a response to the police telling women to stay at home, rather than targeting men with messages of anti-violence, but as recent events have shown, the march sadly is as critical as ever. As the resurgence movement, since 2004 we have been making noise and collectively taking back the streets of London. We will keep marching until women can walk the streets at night without the threat of sexual violence. We will never give up,and send strong messages of support to all our sisters at this time. We call on the Government to hear our protest and our voices. And call on those who have had enough to take action