Join International Women’s Day (IWD) Derby’s women’s march and rally – break the silence – end the fear & violence
About this event:
Make HERstory at Derby’s first-ever Reclaim The Night march!
Part of the global 16 days of activism to end gender based violence and the Derby programme coordinated by Vox Feminarum. March, chant, sing, bring banners, whistles / rattles, glow in the dark, speak up, chalk to express yourself, feel the solidarity and uplifting empowerment of joining together to demand change. Discover the HERstory of women’s Reclaim The Night marches since the 70s here You can simply show up to take part on the day but if you register we can record who marched for history records and keep you posted on the plans and banner-making sessions in the lead up to the event.
Join us at any point along the route which is accessible and suitable for anyone using a wheelchair, pushchair, or mobility scooter, and with dropped kerbs at crossings:
6.15pm Derby Arboretum DE23 8FR by the café/toilets – we’ll be bright and loud and easy to find, ready to welcome you!
7.15pm-7.45pm The Spot DE1 2NZ (chalking action & Rebel Women’s Choir) before a shorter onwards march (if a shorter route is best for you, you can join us from this location or you can join us at the Rally below)
8.15pm Rally outside the Council House DE1 2FS with inspiring speeches and poems
This women’s march is inclusive of trans sisters; non-binary siblings who face the struggle against misogyny are welcome; supervised children of all genders welcome; BSL Interpreter available at the rally to sign speeches; friendly safety stewards, first aiders & women’s charities/groups present to support marchers.
We invite supportive brothers / allies whose presence would not cause discomfort to join a Solidarity Vigil 8pm outside the Council House, supporting without detracting, from a respectful distance, centering sisters’ voices.
Cherish everyone’s lives: Covid-19 is still affecting and taking lives – please follow social distancing guidelines; please don’t attend if you or someone you have had recent contact with has symptoms or a positive test result. You may wish to wear a mask.
Please note that there will be people taking photos and film footage of the event to record this moment for HERstory records and publicity; media personnel may be present. If you prefer not to be pictured please let them know.
We are aiming to share footage on the facebook event page to reach people who cannot join us in person – please post your virtual messages of support & photos with your homemade banners etc too; photos & recordings will also be shared after the event via the website and social media.
[event image description: text with event details as above; black background like a night sky with moon and stars; graphics depicting diverse women protesting – women of various ages, cultures, identities – woman with baby, woman with children, two women as a couple, Black women, Asian women, women using wheelchairs, women with a prosthetic leg, woman using a walking cane, woman wearing a headscarf / hijab, woman with a LGBTQ+ rainbow megaphone, women with power fists held up, women holding banners with text – safe streets, my body my rules, no means no, respect your sisters, I want to walk without worry, End V.A.W.G, #MeToo, stop victim blaming, young girl with megaphone]