In preparation for the annual Take Back the Night March, community members gathered at the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre to paint new posters and create a new banner to carry on the candlelit march.
A piece of paper offered suggested slogans, including “the way I dress is not a yes,” “stop the violence,” “we believe you” and “enough is enough.”
The posters and banner will be carried this Friday night (Sept. 20) during the annual Take Back the Night March, organized by the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre (QWRC). The march starts at 6 p.m. at the Women’s Memorial at the end of Bowron Avenue on the Riverfront Trail and is meant to bring people together in solidarity for the families who have lost loved ones to gender-based violence.
“Everyone is welcome to join us to commemorate the missing and murdered women from our community, and participate in a peaceful candlelit walk through downtown to raise awareness that assault and murder can happen to anyone, at anytime,” states the QWRC website.
“Take Back the Night is an event where everyone is invited to become part of the solution, part of the end to abuse and violence. It is a place to take a stand and break the silence.”
Take Back the Night is an international event that happens in cities and communities around the globe on the third Friday in September, and the first event took place in 1975 in the United States.
This Friday’s march will end at the QWRC on McLean Street, where light refreshments will be served.
For more information about the march and the QWRC, visit qwrc.ca.