Take Back the Night Marches Continue
Take Back the Night marches continued across the country with a march in Edmonton on September 22 and marches on September 26-27 in Ottawa, Belleville, Kingston, Toronto, Guelph, London and Windsor. With these spirited marches women affirmed their right to be and to walk the streets and participate fully in the life of the society in safety. Take Back the Night marches began to be held in Canada in 1980 — with this year marking the 41st year for the march in Ottawa-Hull.
Hundreds of mainly young women took part in the 39th annual march in Toronto held under the theme “Activism and Resiliency,” highlighting the leading role women play through their organizing in defending their rights and the rights of all and giving pride of place to the activism of Indigenous women. Following a community dinner and rally the march took over the downtown streets asking no one’s permission — there were no police to be seen — and was warmly received by people on the streets and sidewalks and in their homes as it passed.
(Photos: RU, London Pride Fest, CALAC, Guelph CJPP, C. Feere, G. Bacon)