PICTURES: Reclaim the Night women's march

Reclaim the Night women's gathering. Photo credit: Matthew Norman <i>(Image: Matthew Norman)</i>
Reclaim the Night women's gathering. Photo credit: Matthew Norman (Image: Matthew Norman)

Pictures have been released of the Reclaim the Night Women’s march tonight which aims to put an end to violence against women and girls.

The Reclaim the Night march took place tonight in Oxford – on the same day as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women - for the first time since the pandemic.

Reclaim the Night marches began in the UK in the 1970s in response to advice given to women to stay at home at night during the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

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The event aims to show solidarity with women and girls, both in Oxford and around the world, who have faced, or are fearful of, violence and harassment on the streets.

Organisers say 85,000 women are raped every year and that one in five women aged 16-59 experience some form of sexual violence in their life.

 

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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

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