In recent years, discussions about violence against wom*n have become more frequent and more widely heard. From the backlash against Robin Thicke’s creepy song ‘Blurred Lines’, to the creation of a new foundation to help prevent violence against wom*n in Victoria, more and more community members are becoming informed and speaking out about violence against wom*n in all its varied forms. Since 1984, Reclaim the Night has been annually actively campaigning against all forms of violence against wom*n. Every year, wom*n from around the world hit the streets to Reclaim, or Take Back, the Night.
In recent years, members of the University of Sydney Wom*n’s Collective have taken an active role in organising Reclaim the Night Sydney, and this year is no different. Several members from Wom*n’s Collective, along with other wom*n from across the community, have been meeting up weekly to discuss their visions and plans for this year’s events. Traditionally, Reclaim the Night takes the form of a rally and march where the public take to the streets and join together to take a stand against violence towards wom*n. This year the main event will be held on Saturday 26 October at Prince Alfred Park, preceded by a family-friendly picnic.
In the lead-up to the main event, Reclaim the Night Sydney is holding a panel discussion on Thursday 26 September in the Holme Building at the University of Sydney. The panel is made up of three wom*n speakers all speaking on the general topic of “Violence against wom*n in modern Australia”. Our speakers are Cassandra Giudice, a criminal defence lawyer who has regularly defended people accused of committing domestic violence crimes; Dr Kyllie Cripps, a Pallawah woman and UNSW Senior Law Lecturer with research interests including Indigenous family violence; and Zahra Stardust, the policy officer from Scarlett Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association. Our speakers reflect the three-pronged theme of Reclaim the Night Sydney 2013 – speaking out against institutional, domestic, and street violence.
Please feel free to come along with your friends to the panel discussion this Thursday! Entry is by optional gold coin donation, and refreshments will be provided. The event will also be AUSLAN interpreted. To find out more, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/300712536733633/ or Reclaim the Night Sydney’s website at http://www.RTNSydney.com. Also, keep an eye out for the upcoming Reclaim the Night events, including an autonomous dance party hosted by Black Cat, and the rally and march on 26 October!