Last night I went along to Trafalgar Square to join many other women (representing Million Women Rise, Women in Black, London Feminist Network, Object, the Women and Girls’ Network, Roshni and, of course, all representing themselves) gathered in remembrance of all women who have suffered male violence. We were there to mark the United Nations Elimination of Violence Against Women Day, share our stories and hope for a future free from violence.
Gathered around a candle lit woman symbol, everyone shared their reasons for coming. Many were remembering friends or family, worked with victims of violence or were survivors themselves. As one woman said, there were too many friends of hers who had suffered violence for her to mention. Another said that, whilst she enjoyed the jubilant atmosphere of the Reclaim The Night march, she was really appreciative of times like this when she can allow herself to feel sad.
Some very brave women (with a good memory for lyrics!) sang songs, including Reclaim The Night, whilst women paid their respects. A minutes silence at 8 o’clock rounded up what was a very powerful and emotional evening.
(Photographs by Sarah Barnes)By: Sarah Barnes, 26.11.2009 | Comments (0)
Tagged: Activism, Candle Lit Vigil, Domestic Violence, Elimination of Violence Against Women Day, Feminism, London, London Feminist Network, Million Women Rise, Rape, Reclaim The Night, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Trafalgar Square, United Nations