Prince George’s Take Back the Night march takes place this Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m.
The march will begin at Prince George City Hall (1100 Patricia Blvd.). This women and children’s march will honour the memory of the women and children who have not survived violence; and to celebrate those who have; and to demand an end to violence against women and children. The march is van-assisted for those who are not able to complete the march.
Men are welcome to take part in the reception after the march.
Take Back The Night, an international march to protest violence against women, began in Europe in the early 1970s when 3,000 women marched in protest against sexual assault and violence against women. The U.S. began organizing a march in 1977 and a year later, three Canadian cities in Ottawa, Vancouver and Halifax held their first “reclaim the night” marches in which women took to the streets to reclaim their right to walk alone at night without fear of violence. Prince George held their first march in September of 1991.
Wherever the marches are held, they have the common themes of awareness and accountability. The goals of the march and its organizers are to:
Work towards an end to violence against women and children by increasing awareness in the community and as a result stopping the silence and isolation,
Hold perpetrators rather than victims of abuse responsible for abusive behavior, and
Provide an opportunity for women to share their voice and walk in solidarity.
Lead-up events include:
Empower Yourself Through NIA. Monday September 17, 7 p.m. at the Prince George Native Friendship Centre Power of Friendship Hall 1600 Third Avenue. Admission is free. For more information contact Lisa at 649-0643 or Deborah at 564-5736.
Stages Through Time: Are We There Yet? Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 7 p.m. This event is located at the Northern Interior Health Unit, 1444 Edmonton Street. No admission charge, donations gratefully accepted. For more information contact Marianne at 563-4632 or Brenda at 564-8302.