More information on the Reclaim the Night march

August 29, 2007

The timetable for the Reclaim the Night march on 11th October has now been finalised and looks like this:-

6.30 – 7.30 Men’s Discussion Group and Pre-march gathering (seperate venues, the discussion group will be held at the Wash Bar on the Mound)
7.30 – 8.30 March to begin on Lothian Road (Men to join at the Mound). March to the Meadows.
8.30-9.00 Rally in the Meadows.
9.30- After Party. Venue TBC.

During the march, discussions and rally we hope to show how various forms of women’s oppression are linked up. To make make clear the links between, for example, objectification of women in advertising and the culture in which violence against women is made acceptable.

The Edinburgh Feminist Network got the idea for the discussion group from a Reclaim the Night march held at Columbia University in New York and so I hope to make contact with the facilitators of that group ahead of the march.


Reclaim the Night – Edinburgh, 11th October 2007

August 23, 2007

A date for your diary. The Edinburgh Feminist Network is organising a Reclaim the Night march in Edinburgh on 11th October 2007. As part of the event I’ve been invited to facilitate a men’s discussion group at the Wash Bar on the Mound. The discussion will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 and will hopefully introduce some ideas about resisting violence against women, and especially what men can do to get involved.

The march will then start around 7:30 from Lothian Road, and men will be welcome to join in solidarity at a respectful distance at the back. Following the march there will also be a rally around 8-9pm. I may be invited to speak at this too – more details when I have them.

For more info visit the Reclaim the Night Edinburgh blog

Some history of Reclaim the Night marches

White Ribbon, UNIFEM UK and UNISON

August 21, 2007

I’ve been looking at UNIFEM and the funding they give for White Ribbon Australia. I was surprised by the sight of Nicole Kidman doing some fundraising for White Ribbon recently!

Then I saw this on the UNIFEM UK web site ‘Men wanted! A call from UNIFEM’s National Committees‘ released in May 2007. So I thought it might be worth trying to approach them for money, or to have a formal agreement like the Australians. But Chris at White Ribbon UK assures me he has tried already and they don’t have any money available in the UK. However to have them as a major supporter and partner organisation would be very useful.

UNISON have just become a supporting organisation of WRC-UK and ordered 5000 ribbons from Chris. I should get in touch with UNISON Scotland to follow this up.

Sign the petition – Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

August 16, 2007

Thousands of women are beaten or raped every day, the often forgotten victims of conflicts all across the world.

Please visit the International Rescue Committee web site and sign the petition to stop violence against women and girls.

Main site

Specific link for Europe