Reclaim the Night reborn

After a two-year break, Reclaim the Night will be held in Byron Bay tomorrow with organisers hoping to shine light on the issue of sexual violence and violence against women.

Activities will start at 4pm in Denning Park, near the Peace Pole, and will include badge making, lantern decorating, face decorating, hip hop performers, the Songbirds choir and The Arawkal Dubay dancers.

This year the theme is about ‘shining a light on domestic violence’ and a lantern parade has been planned to start at 6.30pm, which will make its way through the town.

Reclaim the Night is a global movement which organises peaceful protests against violence against women and children. It also promotes strength and survival.

In 2010, violence against women is still a big issue affecting the social, emotional, physical and financial well-being of individuals and families. Fifty-seven per cent of Australian women have experienced at least once incident of physical or sexual violence, and domestic violence is the largest risk factor for women’s health between the ages of 15-44.

Women and families are invited to come along to the beachfront where activities and entertainment will be occurring and to join in the lantern parade through the Byron township.

Men wanting to support Reclaim the Night are asked to gather along Jonson Street to cheer and show support.
If it rains, activities, entertainment and speeches will take place on the veranda of the Byron Bay Community centre.

If you are interested in getting involved contact Neroli Jager from the Women’s Resource Service on 6684 4299 or Belle Arnold at Byron Shire Council on 6626 7225.

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