RECLAIM THE NIGHT & fundraising ceilidh for Shakti Women’s Aid
The next Edinburgh Reclaim the Night will be held on the evening of Nov. 24th in honour of the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th), and in tandem with the London RtN (26th) and the Glasgow RtN (28th). Reclaim the Night is the manifestation of a long, proud tradition of marching to reclaim freedom of movement at night. Violence after dark, especially against women, must be challenged. The myths about rape, including the tendency towards victim blaming, must be challenged. Cuts in funding to rape crisis charities, women’s aid organisations and domestic abuse centres must be challenged. We will march, we will shout, we will be loud, we will be visible. The streets are ours.
Gather at 7pm in Bristo Square. We will remember the victims of violence with a candlelit vigil, before marching through the streets of central Edinburgh accompanied by the Beastie drumming troupe. When we arrive back in Bristo Sq, we’ll rally listening to speakers from influential charities and organisations (tbc). After-party at the Counting House, ceilidh-ing on down for the benefit of Shakti Women’s Aid.
All ages and genders welcome. For those with limited mobility or concerns about marching for 2.2 miles, there will be a protected block at the front of the march setting the pace.
First Aiders, stewards and legal observers will be in place. This march has the permission of the City of Edinburgh Council and will be appropriately policed.
WHATEVER WE WEAR, WHEREVER WE GO – YES MEANS YES, AND NO MEANS NO.
… FOLLOWED BY A CEILIDH!!
facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182203371866286
Oxford Dictionary says: ‘a SOCIAL event with traditional MUSIC and DANCING’.
We say: ‘DANCING, MUSIC, CLAPPING, WHIRLING AROUND, HAPPINESS’.
Either way, get down to the Counting House at 9pm for some ‘Strip(ping) the Willow’, a ‘Dashing White Sergeant’, the ‘Eightsome Reel’, a few ‘Gay Gordons’, a ‘Canadian Barn Dance’, the ‘Virginia Reel’ and others.
£5 waged (£4 student) (or £2 if you’re wonderful and volunteer at the Edinburgh Reclaim the Night march immediately prior)
ALL PROCEEDS to Shakti Women’s Aid, an Edinburgh charity that’s been working since 1986 to offer support, advocacy and information to all black / minority ethnic women, children and young people experiencing and/or fleeing domestic abuse from partners / husbands, ex-partners and other family members. http://www.shaktiedinburgh.co.uk/
GOOD DANCING for a GOOD CAUSE.