Women’s safety the focus of ‘Reclaim the Night’
South Australian women will march for their right to feel safe in our community when they join the 2013 Reclaim the Night march and festival, to be held in the city tonight.
Minister for the Status of Women Gail Gago said this important event is part of a global movement, and will shine the spotlight on the need for women and children to be safe and free from all forms of violence in their homes, at work and in the community.
"Alarmingly, data from an Australian Bureau of Statistics survey on personal safety shows one in five women in Australia will experience sexual violence in their lifetime, and one in three have experienced physical violence since the age of 15," Ms Gago said.
"It is important to ensure sexual violence is kept on the public and political agenda – women and children should be able to feel safe wherever they are with no fear of violence or harassment.
"Reclaim the Night builds on the Women's Safety Strategy to create a safer environment for women developed by the State Government, which is committed to reducing the prevalence of violence against women in our community and ensuring protection, respect and care for those women who experience violence and abuse."
Reclaim the Night begins with a rally in Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square) at 7pm. The march will then travel along King William and Hindley Streets from 7.30pm, ending with a festival in the Yungondi Courtyard at the University of South Australia, City West campus from 8pm.
There will be appearances by Kaurna elder Aunty Josie, rally MC and broadcaster Catherine Zengerer, musician Emily Davis and DJ Narelle Walker.
The event is coordinated by the Reclaim the Night Collective, comprising representatives from the South Australian Feminist Collective, Working Women's Centre, Women's Service Network, Women's Standing Committee of SA Unions, YWCA, Women with Disabilities South Australia, University Women's Group and the Gladys Elphick Awards Committee.
Follow Reclaim the Night on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReclaimTheNightAdelaide or Twitter www.twitter.com/ReclaimNightSA or contact Collective member Catherine Story on 0432 951 877 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.