You are invited to join the Community of Manchester to ‘Reclaim the Night’ this February!

On Thursday 23 February, we take back the night as we light up the city of Manchester, marching to give a collective voice – a voice that says ‘NO’ to violence against women, ‘NO’ to street harassment, ‘NO’ to rape culture and ‘NO’ to victim blaming.

This creative and inspiring event is open to the whole community and will be full of colour, light and noise – 2016 saw over 3,000 members of the community unite.  The march is inclusive of all, and will be led by a self-defining women-only block, followed by a mixed block open to all genders, a youth and families block and an LGBTQ block. Violence against women is an epidemic – this is our city and everyone has the right to feel safe in it.

The march will gather in Owens’ Park outside The Tower on Wilmslow Road in Fallowfield at 19:00; concluding at the University of Manchester Students’ Union with a rally featuring some truly inspirational speakers, followed by a FREE ‘Reclaim the Night’ after-party – a festival of the finest women talent with live music, speakers, poets, community stalls and DJs ’til late.

Reclaim the Night t-shirts are now available online and from The Store at the University of Manchester Students’ Union. T-shirts cost £10, and all profits will go to local charities that work with women who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence and street harassment.

How about making your organisations own banner or sign representing you? We are happy to provide banner / placard making materials or you may wish to attend one of our official banner making sessions.

For more information, please go to:  https://www.facebook.com/ReclaimTheNightManchesterUk/

Or contact University of Manchester Students Union Women’s Officer Jenni Smyth at jenni.smyth@manchester.ac.uk

Many thanks,

Dr Kate Cook,

Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre,

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