Imagine walking around your own neighbourhood in fear. Fear for your safety. Fear for the safety of your children. It’s a feeling many women experience every day. It’s a feeling that needs to stop.
Empowering women and giving them the ability and peace of mind to walk without fear is at the heart of Take Back the Night.
“Women should be able to walk and feel safe,” said Marcie Cole, Program Coordinator for the YWCA Crisis Shelter and one of the partners putting on the event.
Organized by the Saskatoon Women’s Community Coalition, Take Back the Night brings awareness to the issue of violence toward women.
“It’s an opportunity for people to come together and work toward ending violence against women,” said Cole.
Held each year in cities across the country, the event continues to grow as more and more people realize the importance of the issue and what it means to feels safe.
Take Back the Night will take place on Thursday, September 15 in Saskatoon. Participants are invited to bring signs and gather in Kinsmen Park near the YWCA at 7 pm to kick off the event.
Patti Tait, Family Violence Support Worker with the Saskatoon Indian Metis Friendship Centre will be this year’s guest speaker. Tait will share some of her experiences with the group and explain what it means to Take Back the Night.
Following a message from Tait, the group will go on a 45 minute walk in the area, raising spirits and awareness of what it means to walk without fear. Saskatoon City Transit is providing free bussing at the event so those who are unable to walk the route can still participate. Following the march, everyone is invited back to the YWCA for refreshments and live music.
Date: Thursday, September 15
Time: Rally at 7:00pm, walk and social to follow
Location: muster point is YWCA Saskatoon 510-25th Street
“Last year we had about 200 people join the walk in Saskatoon,” said Cole. “Each year the numbers keep growing.”
No registration is needed to attend and everyone is welcome.
“It’s important to make people realize the fear some individuals live with each day,” said Cole. “Take Back the Night is a great way to share just how important it is to end violence against women and give them the power to feel safe.”
Story by Terri Eger
Photo of 2012 participants by Trelle Burdeniuk, Rawlco News