Reclaim the Night in Rotherham

Published Tuesday, 7th November 2017
Reclaim the Night in Rotherham
Reclaim the Night in 2016. Photo credit: James Clark Photography

Women in Rotherham are being invited to walk through the town centre to Reclaim the Night on Friday 17 November 2017.

The event has been organised by Rotherham Council and Rotherham RISE and is being supported by women’s groups in the borough.

Rotherham Council's Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety Councillor Emma Hoddinott said: “This year we are proud to be once again supporting the national Reclaim the Night event, which encourages the community to come together to stand against violence towards women – to walk through and ‘reclaim the streets’ to make them feel safer for us all.”

Rotherham Council’s Chief Executive Sharon Kemp added: “Creating a place where everyone feels safe and secure is a key priority for the Council, and we are working with partners across the borough to help achieve this.”

Women are being invited to meet outside Riverside House at 6pm before setting off on a short escorted walk through the town centre. After the walk, at 7pm, there will be speeches and refreshments at RISE on Main Street.

At RISE, there will also be the chance to see the Women’s Quilt, a beautiful and moving project with each patch dedicated to the 598 women killed by their current or former partners in England and Wales between 2009 and 2015.

Chief Executive of Rotherham Rise Sue Wynne added: “Violence and abuse continues against women, and this event highlights the need for us to make a stand together in order to promote change. Rotherham Rise is proud to support Reclaim the Night.”

Two hours free parking is available in the Red Zone in Forge Island before 6pm and free parking is available after 6pm in all Council-owned car parks and on-street parking bays. Maximum stay still applies.