Reclaim the Night - London UK

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Reclaim the Night - London UK

Time: November 28, 2015 from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Great College Street
Street: Station: Westminster
City/Town: London UK
Website or Map: http://www.londonfeministnetw…
Event Type: reclaim, the, night
Organized By: London Reclaim the Night
Latest Activity: Nov 24, 2015

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Event Description

Join us for London Reclaim the Night 2015! Close down central London for women, put your feet on the streets to shout a loud NO to rape and all forms of male violence against women.

Violence against women continues to occur every minute of every day, but women everywhere are making a stand. Bring along your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces and daughters and come and join us at this year’s RTN.

With ideological cuts threatening the refuge and rape crisis movements in the UK we need to take back the capital to demonstrate women’s support for essential women’s services, demand justice for survivors and spread the message that no woman is ever to blame for male violence against her and the misogynist belief and practice that men have a ‘right’ to sex and access to women’s bodies should end.

Bring placards, banners, friends and song. March for your sisters, and family, your colleagues, your daughters, yourself – march for all of us; march for a better world, free from male violence and abuse.

Date and time: 28th November 2015
Assembly Location: Great College Street, London SW1P
Nearest station: Westminster

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Comment by ROSE on November 24, 2015 at 8:05pm

Who is it for?
London Reclaim The Night is a women-only march. Men who would like to support the event are encouraged to help organise and join the Men’s Vigil (normally at the Edith Cavell Statue).

RTN stance on Prostitution
We believe that prostitution is a form of violence against women, it is both a cause and consequence of sex inequality between women and men. We do not refer to sex exploitation in the sex industry as ‘sex work’ as that erases the experiences of survivors, masking the physical, psychological and sexual violence inflicted on women, trivialises the abuse women, children and (some young men) suffer in the industry at the hands of pimps and punters, ignores the trafficking of women into prostitution and promotes and legitimises sexual exploitation as normal which in turn increases the demand for paid sex. We recognise that overwhelmingly majority of those who end up in the prostitution trade are women and girls, who are highly vulnerable and suffer acute harms as a result of their involvement, while the majority of those who buy sex as well as those who benefit from the industry (pimps) are men. Reclaim the Night supports the Nordic Model and calls for the Sex Buyer law to be adopted in the UK (where the women in prostitution are completely decriminalised, the pimps and punters are criminalised, and the provision of support and exit services are ensured for women wishing to exit the industry).

RTN is organised by London Feminist Network, if you live in London and are a woman, you may be interested in joining us. We are one of the largest grassroots feminist activist organisations in the country with over 1600 members. We hold monthly meetings, book groups and seminars, and we have a lively e-mail discussion group. We organise conferences and of course, Reclaim the Night. We are all volunteers and we are unfunded. We always welcome new members and new volunteers to get involved in making feminist things happen in our capital!

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Comment by ROSE on November 24, 2015 at 8:05pm

Why Reclaim the Night?
Male Violence against women and girls (MVAWG) is a gross human rights violations around the globe as well as here in the UK. VAWG is more prevalent amongst women in England than stroke, diabetes and heart disease and has a huge impact; for individual women and girls, their families, the public purse, as well as society more broadly.

VAWG is both a cause and consequence of women’s inequality. Until we eradicate MVAWG, women and girls will never be equal or able to achieve their full potential.

-In the UK, one in five women has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16, approximately 85,000 women are raped and over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted in England and Wales every year.
-Sexual violence is even more prevalent for younger women as one in three teenage girls has experienced some form of sexual violence from their boyfriend.
-Coercive control or pressure is used much more frequently by partners than physical force, as 16% of girls having been raped using pressure and coercion and 6% have been raped using physical force.
-Young women and girls affected by gangs experience high levels of sexual violence including sexual exploitation, sexual assault, individual rape and multiple perpetrator rape.
-In 2013, the police recorded at least 1,052 reports of sexual violence in schools, of which 134 were reported as rape.
-In a 2012 survey, 43% of young women in London (aged 18-24) reported having experienced sexual harassment in public places (such as in the street, in a parks or on public transport) in the previous year, and almost twice as many women as men reported feeling unsafe on public transport.
-Stalking often escalates to and is perpetrated alongside other forms of abuse. For example, 56% of women who have experienced stalking will also have experienced another form of abuse, such as sexual or domestic violence.
-Over 20,000 girls under 15 are at high risk of FGM in England and Wales each year.
-In 2013 the Government's Forced Marriage Unit gave advice of support to 1302 victims of Forced Marriage- the vast majority being girls and young women under 21 years of age

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