Sheffield students to march against sexual harassment in the annual Reclaim the Night march

The Sheffield University Students’ Union have announced details on the annual Reclaim the Night march.

The event is held to empower women and allow them to feel safe walking on the streets at night.

The march will take place on Saturday November 25, the same day as the international day for the elimination of violence against women.

It will begin at 6:30pm outside Sheffield Cathedral, then it will continue down West Street and Division Street before finishing at the Sheffield University Students’ Union building.

There, a rally will begin outside Coffee Revolution, where there will be speakers addressing the crowd.

The night will finish with a special Girl Power night at nightclub Pop Tarts.

The march is open to all self-identifying women and non-binary people who face misogyny.

Later on, the rally is open to all genders to show solidarity with victims of sexual assault.

Reclaim the Night marches first began in the 1970’s. One of the first rallies, known then as ‘Take Back the Night,’ was held in Pennsylvania after a woman was stabbed to death whilst walking home on her own.

The first rally to be held in England was in 1977 organised by the Leeds Revolutionary Feminist group in response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders, where 11 different towns marched to remember the victims.

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