A night to loudly end gender-based violence
Women and men reclaim the Beltline streets and sidewalks on Sept. 19, marching 10 blocks without fear of abuse, assault, or rape in the evening, a time that's been a source of terror for many victims of gender-based violence. Take Back the Night's annual protest, which started at 8 p.m, celebrates the issue of resistance and creates a platform where indigenous women, women of colour, and Caucasian women can voice their experiences, fears and hopes for the future.
Photos by Amara McLaughlin
Published on September 29, 2014
Women from all backgrounds gather in southwest Calgary at Connaught Park, Friday, Sept. 19, for Take Back the Night's speaker panel before the march at 8:30 p.m.
Take Back the Night march leaders, calling themselves "Sisters from Another Mother", take the podium and sound off the march with a traditional Cree song.
Take Back the Night leads the way, unescorted, through 10 blocks of Calgary's Beltline district, reclaiming the streets for women victims of gender-based violence on Friday, Sept. 19.
Women carry a mattress with "Rape Culture" written in silver for Emma Sulkowicz from Columbia University, who continues to carry her dorm-room mattress everywhere until her alleged rapist leaves the university.
Women at Take Back the Night, unite, their fists thrust into the air, to recognize the solidarity they share with victims of violence — like these women who help symbolically carry Emma Sulkowicz's mattress.
Signs and chanting are a big part of Take Back the Night. Women oppose violence against women by expressing their opinions like "Nobody asks for rape", and "My clothes do not determine my consent", which set the discourse around why rape is such a big part of violence against women and how society can stop it.
Women march through the Beltline area of southwest Calgary opposing gender-based violence and chanting, "Women unite, take back the night."
Autumn EagleSpeaker discusses "the war" on indigenous women — in the media, in their homes, on the land and their bodies — the marginalization, sexualization and torture they experience. EagleSpeaker spoke for those lost, missing and gone, and for their family's memories.