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P.E.I. residents hold march calling for end to gender-based violence

Hundreds of people marched down the streets of Charlottetown Thursday to raise awareness about gender-based violence during this year’s Take Back the Night event. John Morris/Special to The Guardian
This year's Take Back the Night march took place in Charlottetown on Thursday, Sept. 17. - John Morris/Special to The Guardian
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

About 150 people marched down the streets of Charlottetown Thursday evening to raise awareness about gender-based violence during this year’s Take Back the Night event.

The Take Back the Night March took place in Charlottetown on Thursday. John Morris/Special to The Guardian
The Take Back the Night March took place in Charlottetown on Thursday. John Morris/Special to The Guardian

Take Back the Night (TBTN) is the earliest worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence, specifically violence against women.

Events began in Europe in the 1960s to protest the lack of safety women experienced walking the streets alone.

This movement has grown to hundreds of events around the world.

Natalie Jameson, minister responsible for the Status of Women, and Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown take part in this year's Take Back the Night march in Charlottetown on Thursday. - John Morris/Special to The Guardian
Natalie Jameson, minister responsible for the Status of Women, and Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown take part in this year's Take Back the Night march in Charlottetown on Thursday. - John Morris/Special to The Guardian

In a Facebook post following the march, Natalie Jameson, minister responsible for the Status of Women, said the event was “moving beyond measure”.

“Together we marched as a symbol of our shared commitment to a world free of gender-based violence in all its forms.”

Tonight’s Take Back the Night event was moving beyond measure. Together we marched as a symbol of our shared commitment...

Posted by Natalie Jameson on Thursday, 17 September 2020


The 2020 initiative to revitalize the Take Back the Night tradition in P.E.I. was spearheaded by the P.E.I. Rape and Sexual Assault Centre.

A bystander snaps a photo of the Take Back the Night march Thursday. John Morris/Special to The Guardian
A bystander snaps a photo of the Take Back the Night march Thursday. John Morris/Special to The Guardian


HISTORY

  • Take Back The Night is the earliest worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women.
  • TBTN events began in the 1960’s in Belgium and England with protests about women not feeling safe walking down the street alone at night.
  • In 1973, in the United States, a group of women at the University of Southern Florida dressed in black sheets, held broomsticks, and marched through campus demanding a women’s center.
  • In 1975, a crowd in Philadelphia held a Take Back The Night Event to protest the murder of a microbiologist walking home after work.
  • In the 1970s, San Francisco had a number of rallies in protest of “snuff” pornography and violence against women.
  • These early protests sparked hundreds of events on college campuses and in communities of all sizes and locations, all hoping to bring awareness to sexual violence and provide support for victims.

Source: Take Back the Night Foundation


Posted by Take Back the Night - PEI on Thursday, 17 September 2020
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