Reclaim The Night March In Cardiff

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Sub-Ed note: At the time this article went live, Wicid came across information that the event had been postponed until Spring 2013 but no organisation has directly contacted us to notify us of the postponement, so keep your eyes peeled. If you do require any more information then email: wales@unitetheunion.org

Reclaim the Night is a nationwide march that marks the UN Day to End Violence Against Women. The march demands justice for female survivors of male violence and spreads the message that no woman is ever to blame for male violence against her as well as demanding justice for female victims of rape and sexual assault. Women should be able to walk the streets at night without fear, threat or the reality of violence so the march is a metaphor for the deterrence of any form of violence against women and shows that people everywhere want to see a stop to the violent way women are sometimes treated..

According to the British Crime Survey, there are an estimated 47,000 rapes every year, around 40,000 attempted rapes and over 300,000 sexual assaults. Yet the conviction rate in Great Britain is at an extremely low 5.3%. A survey by the magazine More found that 95% of women don’t feel safe on the streets at night, and 65% don’t feel safe during the day. 73% are concerned about being raped and almost half say they sometimes don’t want to go out because they fear for their own safety.

This isn’t acceptable and things need to change. So help set the change in motion and join the Cardiff Reclaim the Night March.

The Cardiff Reclaim the Night march is happening this Thursday – 29th November – and will be led by self-defining women, with a group of activists of any gender supporting behind. The march will begin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at 6.30pm and the march will proceed through central Cardiff. There will be a rally at the Welsh College of Music and Drama after the march.

Unite Wales will be supporting the Cardiff effort and will be meeting at the Unite Wales Office at 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff (CF11 9SD) between 5.30pm and 6pm so that a group can walk over to the College with placards and banners. So if you’re a Unite Wales member then why not join your fellow members there?

Even if you’re not a member then it’s still a worthwile cause to help and if you’re interested in joining the march or want further details then you should email: wales@unitetheunion.org

As Reclaim the Night say: ‘Today we march, as so many women have done before us to say that we are NEVER to blame for rape and male violence. Those men who choose to commit these crimes are to blame. We march today to demand our right to live without the fear or reality of rape and male violence, we demand an end to male violence against women, we take back this night to win the day.

You can find more information here:

http://www.reclaimthenight.org/

http://www.unitetheunion.org/regions/wales_cymru/unite_wales_news__events/reclaim_the_night_cardiff.aspx

www.londonfeministnetwork.org.uk

Related Article: Violence Against Women-Girls

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