Australia: Violence against women: Sydney reclaims the night – yes, Islamophobia is on the agenda too

Reclaim the Night 2012

Thousands of men, women and families are set to take the streets of Sydney next Friday on October 31 to rally against all forms of violence against women.

The three main issues targeted in this year’s Reclaim the Night include gendered violence, the ramifications of rising Islamophobia against women and the closure of women’s refuges in NSW.

Held annually since 1978, Reclaim the Night, also known as Take Back the Night, is an annual international event which actively campaigns against all forms of violence against women.

The event will begin with a rally featuring Maha Abdo, the executive officer of the United Muslim Women’s Association, Ryan Cole, secretary on the executive board of Scarlet Alliance (Australian Sex Workers Association) and university student Summer Lea, a campaigner against the closure of women’s refuges in NSW…

…Reclaim the Night hopes to continue to challenge the existence of violent attitudes and behaviours displayed towards women in institutions. This extends across representations of violence in popular media, particularly the ramifications of rising Islamophobia for women as politicians debated whether or not to ban the burqa…

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