CONTRIBUTION · 16th September 2010
Take Back the Night is about empowering women to confront fears about rape and assault by reclaiming the evening streets together. Not every woman has been sexually assaulted, but every woman has been taught to fear it. We are told from the time we are young not to walk alone, not to go out after dark, to avoid strangers and dangerous areas of town.
Women first took to the streets at night to protest violence against women in the early 70s in Europe. The action spread to the states where San Francisco marchers introduced the slogan “Take Back the Night” in 1978.
Since 1981, Canadian women have marched through the streets of their towns and cities on the third Friday in September to experience the freedom of walking safely at night.
They’ve found strength in raising their voices together to stop violence against women.
Terrace Women last marched together in 2002. With violence against women rising across the country, it’s time for us to come together once again to honour our desire that all women live freely without the threat of violence.
This year, Take Back the Night organizers invite women of all ages to a short march followed by a candle lit gathering in George Little Park. We’ll meet in the empty lot at the corner of Emerson and Lakelse (beside the Royal Bank) at 7:30 to walk to the band shell together for a short rally and simple self defence tips followed by refreshments.
Bring your daughters, your mothers, your grandmothers and all the women you hold dear to this year’s event, organized by women in our community for women in our communities. Let’s Take Back the Night together!
For more information about Take Back the Night, contact Kristi at Ksan House Society at 635-2373 or kristi,,,ksansociety.ca