Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA, is a powerful opportunity for survivors and their supporters to actively build connections, assertively reclaim our right to safety, and courageously stand up against violence.
TBTN centers the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invitemen to cheer the march on from Gore Park.
For 20 years Lee Reed has been stomping stages and studios, spewing his unique brand of fiery, anti-capitalist rant-hop. From mouthpiece for the legendary Warsawpack, through to his solo work.
Why do you think it is important to create space for women and gender non-conforming folks?
It’s like there’s a battle going on: the old forces of sexism against the new forces of equity. Creating space acts a kind of beachhead in that struggle. A foothold. The world is largely unsafe and unwelcome for women and gender non-conforming folks. The threat of violence and harassment is normalized; personal, social and state/institutional relationships can be abusive and dangerous; fear is ever-present.
It’s an unsafe world. Gendered violence happens everywhere: in the home, on the street, on campus, in the workplace, in the halls of our largest institutions and at the hands of those we most trust. It is everywhere, woven into everything. So, without the intentional creation of space for women and gender non-conforming folks (GNC), there would be no space that was expressly theirs.
Our society is a patriarchy. It centres masculine voices and opinions. It puts men in charge and prioritizes their way of thinking, it protects and perpetuates male privilege and dominance. So creating space for women and GNC folks is creating space for voices to be heard, for ideas and information to be shared, where people can speak openly and freely, without being talked over or dismissed by sexist power dynamics. Continue reading