“Come walk with us and reclaim the streets of Fort St. John for women, men, boy and girls,” the official promotional material reads.
Peace Project Coordinator for the FSJ Women’s Resource Society, Ellen Farrow explains how ‘Take Back the Night’ came to be an international movement with decades under its belt.
It all began in Europe sometime in the early 70’s; whereas women decided to form a tribunal in an effort to shed light on what Farrow says is “horrendous things happening with violence against women in the world.”
Some of the things protested at the time included degrading pornography, the series of murders against women in L.A. and the enhancement of safety for women on the street.
However when it comes to individual communities, just like the Peace, organizers take a look at what’s of particular concern for their specific region, which again Farrow has alluded to be the need for our downtown to become safer during sundown.
“We’ve seen a need to really start to take back the night in our community downtown and just to make it a place where you feel good to go with your family; you feel good for your wife to be downtown, your kids to be downtown (and) yourself, especially at nights,” Farrow said.
Farrow added, “We decided to make this all about Peace Walk for Fort St. John and take back the night for our community,”
The 10th Annual ‘Take Back The Night March’ in Fort St. John will commence in front of the North Peace Cultural Centre, located on the corner of 100 Street and 100 Avenue, and will then wrap around 102 Street, around the block of 98 Street and again around 100 Avenue back into the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.
“We’re going to walk around quite a few of the local, really central city blocks,” Farrow explained.
‘Take Back the Night March’ is being held on October 9, beginning at 8:00 p.m.