Sunday 23rd February 2014 – For Immediate Release
Coventry Women Reclaim the Night – March on Saturday 1st March 2014
Women in Coventry will take part in the first Reclaim the Night march in Coventry City centre for 30 years on Saturday 1st March this year. The event is timed to coincide with the International Women’s Week, an annual event.
The march will begin at 6pm from opposite the Council House and will walk in peaceful protest through the city centre to end at the Cathedral.
The Reclaim the Night march has been organised by a group of women’s organisations, student groups and trade unionists and gives self-defining women a voice and a chance to breakdown the fear women can feel n in public places at night; and to demonstrate that women united can resist fear and violence.
The march follows a survey in Coventry last year which showed that nearly half of women don’t feel safe on the streets of Coventry and 61% of women had experienced harassment in the last year
Other research has shown that in Coventry over 30,000 women have been raped or sexually abused in their lifetime; with approximately 2600 being raped or sexually abused every year.
Speaking before the march Rosa Parker-Hinton from Warwick Anti Sexism Society said:
Harassment and fear of attack causes women to feel unsafe in public places. Most women alter their behaviour because of this, avoiding certain places, not going out alone or driving rather than using public transport. Women are still blamed for being raped and for sexual violence inflicted on them. A poll found that over a third of the British public surveyed believed that women were sometimes wholly or partly to blame if they were raped due to walking alone at night, how they are dressed, being drunk or other similar factors. We will march in Coventry to challenge this; to maintain that women are never to blame for being sexually assaulted, and should not have their behaviours restricted, rather than the blame culture being challenged. We will march for our rights to live free of fear of sexual violence. We will march to Reclaim the Night!
The groups organising the March include: Coventry Feminists, Coventry Women’s Voices, Warwick Anti-Sexism Society, Coventry University Gender Equality Society, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre and Unite the Union.
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