Reclaim the Night is an annual rally and march asserting women’s right to freedom from violence, rape or fear — however we dress, wherever we go.
If you are interested in women’s rights, come out and show your support!
State Library Rally – Gather at 6.30pm for a 7pm start (all welcome!)
With Guest Speakers/Performers:
Sally Goldner – from being a spokesperson for TransGender Victoria and the treasurer of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, to hosting the 3CR radio program “Out of the Pan” (focused on pansexual issues), Sally is a leading activist within the Victorian LGBTI community who will speak on the issue of gender based violence as it relates to queer and trans people’s lives.
Sahar & Mim – both inspiring survivors and speakers (and singers!!) on family violence. They will speak on the impacts of violence against women and why we need a better community response.
Tricia – an incredible woman from Women with Disabilities Victoria who will speak on the types of violence that occurs against women with disabilities.
And, the wonderful Lynn will be providing Auslan!
March at 8pm – Women identifying and/or socialised (trans* inclusive) & children
Note: While the March is for people who identify and/or were socialised as wom*n (including those who identify as trans, genderqueer, sex &/or gender diverse), gender-policing is not acceptable. That means not making assumptions about people’s gender based on their self presentation, or any other factor. It is not up to anyone to decide and dictate to other people whether or not they can join in the March, it is up to individuals to decide whether to participate or self-exclude depending on how they identify.
While all violence should be opposed, this particular event is focused on those who experience gender-based violence, which includes both cis and trans wom*n, as well as other ISGD (Intersex, Sex &/or Gender Diverse) people.
Recognizing this and striving to make Reclaim the Night a safer space for everybody means avoiding gender-policing, transphobia, queerphobia, sexism, racism, whorephobia, ableism, classism, or any other type of oppression.