Reclaim the Night 2021! Saturday 27th November – it would be lovely to meet some of you there. Currently it starts at 6pm at Marble Arch walking to Golden Square. So if you wish that you had gone to the vigil for Sarah Everard this march is the place to make your feeling on the subject clear.
Assemble in Central London at 6.00pm for a women-only march
Join us for London Reclaim the Night! Close down central London for women, put your feet on the streets to shout a loud NO to rape and all forms of male violence against women.
Recent events highlight the continuing need for Reclaim the Night. Violence against women and girls surged alarmingly during the COVID-19 pandemic and we went into lockdown. Globally the statistics are horrific and the UK is no exception. RESPECT, the national domestic violence charity, reported a large increase in cases and in the first 3 weeks of lockdown, 14 women and 2 children were murdered (3 times more than usual). Engagement with the National Stalking Advocacy Service, Report Harmful Content Hotline and Revenge Porn Helpline doubled.
Reclaim the Night came to the UK over 40 years ago. In 1977 women in Leeds took to the streets to protest the police requesting women to stay at home after dark in response to the murders of 13 women by (recently deceased) Peter Sutcliffe. Placards read “No curfew on women – curfew on men”. It is hard to believe we are still marching, but we will not stop until we can walk the streets at night, without the fear of rape. Women still face widespread violence from day to day harrassment in the street to sexual assault, rape and murder. And we remain in a climate where this is still normalised as acceptable ‘banter’, where prosecutions for assaults are decreasing, and specialist services for women are under attack. This is unacceptable and women everywhere are making a stand.
Join us and join millions across the globe who will be marking the annual United Nations Day to End Violence Against Women (25th November) with demonstrations and marches.
March for your friends and family, your colleagues, your daughters, yourself – march for all of us; march for a better world, free from violence and abuse.
London Reclaim The Night is a women-only march. Men who would like to support the event are encouraged to offer/join the Men’s Vigil, before joining the mixed rally.