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Fight for the Night 2021

What's occurring?

Every year, we march together during 16 Days of Action to demand action to make our streets safer and show solidarity to survivors of rape and sexual assault. After hosting Fight for the Night (at Home) in 2020, we are excited to be heading out to the streets to march.

We believe that, as women, trans and non-binary people and those presenting as female, we have the right to walk the streets at night without the fear of sexual and gendered violence. We want to protest against the stigma surrounding rape and sexual assault, the victim-blaming that goes alongside this and make our thoughts known on the appalling rape conviction rate in Scotland. With the rise in reports of spiking and violence towards women, this is more important than ever.

After the March, you are more than welcome to come to the Union for tea, coffee, and snacks - we will be hearing from some organisations who work in this area as well. More information can be found HERE

 Important Information

If you would like to volunteer as a steward for the event, you can sign up HERE 

Below is the route. We will be meeting in Kelvingrove Park at the Prince of Wales Bridge at 6pm, with a view to leave by 6:15pm.

There will be regular stops throughout the procession to allow for people to rest, or to join the march later. Below are the estimated times and areas for stops 

  • 6.45 pm *Stop at Garage/Broadcast/Sleazy’s for 5 minutes
  • ~7.05 pm *Stop at Blythswood St for 5 minutes
  • ~7.25 pm *Stop at Nelson Mandela Place for 5 minutes

There will be some chanting taking place - if you want an idea of what chants we use, check them out HERE

At the end of the march, there will be a short rally in George Square. Attendees are then invited to come back to Strath Union for teas, coffee and snacks. We will also be hearing from representatives from a number of different organisations, including Glasgow Women's Aid and Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis. 

Safety Precautions

It will be cold and has the potential to be wet - please wear appropriate footwear and layers, including waterproofs if necessary. The lighting in the park is limited, so it's advisable to bring a torch or phone with a light - we will also be providing torches at the event. 

Before and after the march, please make sure that you get home safely. Kelvingrove and George Square are both near several public transport options - we would also recommend travelling with others if possible. IF you are getting a taxi home at the end of the event you are welcome to come to Strath Union and wait for there. 

As the COVID pandemic is still ongoing, we would advise attendees to wear facemasks, unless exempt, and to maintain a distance of 2 metres  as much as possible with the exception of people from the same households & bubbles. With the Omicron variant now in community transmission we are asking everyone to be even more mindful of Covid rules - 2m distancing, masks, no sharing of equipment / banners, sanitise hands and and equipment as necessary. We will be reviewing the safety of this event alongside government guidance. 

Photography Notice

We will have a photographer at the march. Our photographer will be wearing an orange hi vis vest. They’ve been instructed to do their best to avoid taking photos where people can be identified, unless we have consent. If you would definitely not like to appear in any photos, please make yourself know to the photographer.If you are taking photos for your own social media, you should not include faces in an identifiable way, unless you know the people and/or have sought their consent.Please tag Strath Union in your posts as well!

Event hosted by Strathclyde Students' Union

Date

Thursday 09 December 2021

Time

6pm - 9pm

Location

Kelvingrove Park -> George Square

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