New march and rally to Reclaim the Night

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A rally is to take place in Sheffield this month more than 30 years on from the first Reclaim the Night marches of the 1970s to make city streets safer for women.

Sheffield University Students’ Union is organising the march aimed at highlighting the continuing threat to women.

“Today, people are still subject to harassment and oppression because of their gender identity or expression,” said women’s officer Miriam Miller. “We want to reclaim the night from both the fear and reality of male violence.”

Reclaim the Night marches first started in the 1970s at the height of the Yorkshire Ripper murders, when police told women not to go out at night. Angry at the attempt to restrict their freedom due to the threat of male violence, women responded by taking to the streets.

The march will assemble outside Sheffield Cathedral on Church Street at 7pm on Friday, November 21, and set off at 7.15pm. The rally is at 8.30pm at Coffee Revolution, Western Bank. To help with stewarding on the night of the march and rally email miriam.miller@sheffield.ac.uk