Wednesday 27-04-2016 - 14:16
Join us this Friday, 29 April for Reclaim the Night Wales organised by NUS Wales Women’s campaign.
Reclaim the Night is an annual event that gives women a platform to call for an end to violence against women. This year we will be meeting at Yr Hen Lyfrgell, The Hayes from 7:00pm to hear from speakers from the women’s movement including:
- Siân James, recently depicted in the film Pride for her role in the 1984 miner’s strike. Sian is the former MP for Swansea East and prior to that was Director of Welsh Women’s Aid.
- Emma Rose, a candidate for the Women’s Equality Party an Assistant Headteacher and a single mother of two
- Liva Vikman a member of the European Students’ Union Executive Committee and a student activist in Latvia. Liva campaigns on educational issues throughout Europe and access to education targeting womens' access to higher education and reducing inequalities.
- Rosie Inman, current Women’s Officer for NUS Wales and march organiser.
- Beth Button, current NUS Wales President.
We will also be supplying everything you need to make your own placards and banners.
The march will set off from Yr Hen Lyfrgell at approximately 8.30pm and will end at around 9:30pm in the same place.
Reclaim the Night is an annual event that takes place all across the UK. It is an opportunity for people to come together to make a stand against violence against women.
It is an international movement demanding an end to sexual violence, street harassment and victim blaming.
NUS Wales Women’s Officer Rosie Inman said:
“Reclaim the Night is an opportunity for women to come together and make a loud statement that sexual harassment and violence are not acceptable. One in five women have experienced some form of sexual violence and it’s especially prevalent among younger women, yet our conviction rate continues to be one of the lowest in Europe.”
“Research shows that 95% of women don’t feel safe walking the streets at night. This is not acceptable. That’s why internationally held events like Reclaim the Night are so important, and why we need to continue to work with colleges, universities and unions to adopt zero-tolerance policies on sexual violence and harassment – problems which have existed since the seventies and continue to be prevalent in the 21st century.”
This event is open to all genders, is trans and sex worker-inclusive, and the route and venue are fully accessible for wheelchair users.
Self-defining women will lead the march, but anyone who wants to make a stand against violence against women is welcome to join.
These marches exist to demand justice for victims of rape and sexual assault; they state that women should be able to walk the streets at night without the fear or reality of violence. They give women a voice and a chance to reclaim the streets of their cities and towns.
For more information, visit our Facebook page: http://facebook.com/nuswales
If you have any questions, please email the NUS Wales Women’s Officer, Rosie Inman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to tweet about the event, be sure to use the #RtNWales16 hashtag!