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Women prepare to “Take Back the Night!”


Women prepare to “Take Back the Night!” in Auckland
Marching against violence toward women. 

AUCKLAND: Women and supporters will march against sexual violence this Friday evening
(27 November 2009). “Take Back The Night” will begin at Albert Park at 7pm, with a celebration of mutual support. There will be music and speakers from women's groups in Auckland. At 8pm participants will then march to Myers Park. The march will be led by women and survivors. 

Take Back The Night is intended to show that walking safely at night should be a right, and to support women walking together in solidarity. Marches will take place simultaneously in Auckland and Wellington.
“Take Back the Night is about reclaiming our rights and freedom” says Take Back The Night spokesperson Eliana Darroch. “Women should walk tall and support each other. Together we are strong and powerful.” This will be the fifth time she has participated in the yearly march. 

Take back the night is also about questioning urban myths, and standing up for justice. “We are told that if anything happens to us, we must have been asking for trouble. If we are assaulted, we are told it is our own fault, when actually, it is the perpetrator's fault.” says Ms. Darroch “These messages put the blame on us instead of on the perpetrators. It's time to build a culture of respecting women.”

The march is organised by a feminist group, the End Rape Culture Now! Collective (ERCNC). In October, ERCNC protested ACC cuts to sexual abuse counselling, with marches and rallies throughout New Zealand, and a hunger strike in Auckland.  

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ERCNC invites the public and supporters to join in Take Back the Night 2009. All are welcome to bring along acoustic musical instruments, noisemakers, home baking, candles and torches, and white ribbons from White Ribbon Day.

Take Back the Night Gathering, Friday 27th November
7.00 pm Albert Park Rotunda, 
Fun, speakers, music, social gathering.

Take Back the Night March, Friday 27th November
March starts approx 8.00 pm, Albert Park to Myers Park.


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