You are invited to attend Canberra's Reclaim The Night 2012 event, taking place on October 26 from 6:30 - 8:30pm in Garema Place. Reclaim the Night is an annual event that is held around the world and which began about 40 years ago, at the time of the "Yorkshire Ripper" murders in England, where women were told by police to stay indoors at night. It is in its 34th year in Canberra.
Reclaim the Night has traditionally been about fighting for women's right to feel safe in public spaces, without having to live with the fear and reality of physical and sexual violence. The event provides a public platform for women - and the men who support them - to raise awareness of sexual violence and the right to feel safe in public places.
In Australia, one in five women is likely to suffer from physical or sexual violence during their lifetime (ABS 2010). Reclaim the Night is an opportunity to make a statement against the institutional and societal values that give rise to this, to raise awareness of the issue in our own community, and to give voice to those one in five who have suffered in silence. In this year's Reclaim the Night we hope that participants will reflect on the history of Reclaim The Night, the progress made along the way, and their hopes for the future.
Reclaim the Night is the opening event of the ACT Women's Services Network's Summer of Respect campaign. The Summer of Respect runs through until International Women's day on the 8th of March.