September is recognized across Canada for Take Back the Night activities. These activities, including rallies, marches, dinners, coffee houses, and candlelight vigils, are designed to raise the awareness of safety issues for women and children, and to protest the harassment, sexual abuse, and assaults experienced by many women and children in our society. In particular, Take Back the Night is about women reclaiming the right to be free of violence and to be able to walk without fear, particularly at night.
Your local Status of Women Committee can help organize ETFO member’s participation in Take Back the Night activities in your community. Contact your local ETFO office about how you can participate in your local Take Back the Night activity, and encourage other woman members to do the same.
If there isn't a “Take Back The Night" march in your area, consider forming a coalition with other women’s groups to plan one. Information about this event is available from sexual assault centres and crisis centres across the province.
While Take Back the Night activities are largely focused in the month of September, some individual events occur after September. If your community has not held a recent Take Back the Night event you may wish to contact the sexual assault centre in your community or your local ETFO office for any further Take Back the Night dates.
Friday, September 25, 2020 - Virtual Gathering
Since the mid-1970s, Take Back the Night events have been held internationally to raise awareness of gender-based violence and the right to feel safe in public spaces, particularly at night. This year, ETFO provincial office will be hosting a virtual gathering to acknowledge the work of survivors, activists and ETFO members who have mobilized to end gender-based violence.
Registration link: events.etfo.org/conference/Take_Back_the_Night
Registration ends on Sept. 22, 2020