On Saturday 12th November 2016, Equation joined 350 local women at Reclaim the Night: Nottingham’s biggest and noisiest annual grassroots protest against all forms of men’s violence against women.
What’s the point of Reclaim the Night?
We marched from the Forest Recreation ground into Market Square to demand an end to sexual assault, rape, street harassment, and an end to the victim-blaming of women who experience this violence.
In Nottingham, we know that women experience abuse, harassment and unwanted attention from men on a daily basis while out in public. 1 in 5 women will experience sexual violence. These threats make women feel unsafe and change the way we live our lives – such as avoiding public transport or not going out after dark.
Equation supported this march as a way to reclaim our right to be free from these daily abuses and publicly ask our community to join us in demanding a better society for our girls and women.
Why did local women attend?
Kelly Bennaton, a marketing co-ordinator from Sherwood and an Equation volunteer, was among the women taking part in the march and rally.
She said to the Nottingham Post: “I agree with everything that this march is about – raising awareness of male violence against women and meeting with other women and making our voices heard.
“We are not willing to accept that we have to live in fear of rape or violence – we want to be able to walk the streets without fear.
“It’s really important to get this many women together to show that this isn’t something we should be silent about or discuss quietly.
Lydia Davies-Bright, 37, of Sherwood, supported the march as a steward and took her two daughters to the march, aged eight and nine.
She said: “In the 21st century, women are still unequal and they still experience violence in our patriarchal society.
“I’ve got two daughters and I fear for their future. As women we have to do everything we can to say ‘no, we’re not going to put up with this’.”
Find out more
Reclaim the Night marches started in Leeds in the 1970s and have since become a global movement. Find out more on the Reclaim the Night Nottingham website.
Were you inspired by Reclaim the Night to join us in working to end domestic abuse? You can support Equation through events, volunteering and fundraising.