Take a stand against violence towards women

Date posted: 16 October 2018

An evening march through Warners Bay this month will demonstrate the community’s stand against violence towards women.

Lake Macquarie residents are invited to show their support for safer communities by taking part in the annual Reclaim the Night march on Friday 26 October.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said Reclaim the Night is a global movement aimed at ending violence against women.

“This is an issue that unfortunately our community faces every day,” Cr Fraser said.

“But we are committed to working alongside other organisations to help tackle the problem.”

“The Reclaim the Night event at Warners Bay, delivered in partnership with the Eastlakes and Westlakes Domestic Violence Committees, is a valuable opportunity for the community to come together and advocate for safer spaces for women and children inside and outside the home. I encourage everyone, men and women, to come along on the night and show their support for this important cause.”

According to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, an estimated 16.9 per cent of Australian women aged 18 years and over have experienced partner violence.

If you’re in need of support, contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Reclaim the Night is a global protest movement against men’s violence towards women. Established in the 1970s, the event encourages grassroots participation to call for an end to gender inequality while simultaneously demanding justice, support, and funding for victims of violence and abuse.

Reclaim the Night

When: Friday 26 October, 6pm

Where: Warners Bay Foreshore

Details: Free barbecue provided by Warners Bay Scouts and live music by Jazz Monkeys from 6pm. Meet at the rotunda for the march at 6.45pm. Come along early to claim your free Reclaim the Night t-shirt.

Page last updated: 16 October 2018