Quesnel’s Take Back The Night March made its way through the downtown, Friday evening (Sept. 15), as women and children once again made the annual call for domestic violence to end.
The solidarity march touched on both the Women’s Memorial Monument and the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre (QWRC).
”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,” said a statement issued by the QWRC. “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. Together, we can Take Back the Night.”
The QWRC explained that Take Back the Night is an international event that happens in cities and communities around the globe. The first Take Back the Night occurred in 1975 in the United States.
Canadian women held their first march in 1978, in Vancouver, and it was at this time that the third Friday in September was nationally declared the annual moment for Take Back the Night.
“Take Back the Night is an opportunity for people to come together to raise awareness, protest, and reclaim women’s right to be safe and free from violence in their homes and their communities.”