A march will be held tomorrow, Saturday night, at the Scottish capital against sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, and ableist harassment, abuse, and violence.
Reclaim the Night is an inclusive, community-led event aimed at raising awareness of the harm done by street harassment, as well as broader issues of abuse and sexual violence.
“From cat-calling to groping, the use of slurs to violent attacks, people are afraid to be in the spaces which belong to all of us, and all too often, after these experiences, rather than being supported, people are isolated and blamed for what has happened to them,” said organisers.
They stated that the march is for “standing in solidarity with all those who have experienced abuse, whether on our streets or in our homes, to say we will not tolerate this behaviour, and to reclaim our public and private spaces, because – day or night – we all have the right to live our lives freely and fully, without fear of harassment and violence.”
Marchers will gather in the Bristo Square at 6pm and setting off on the route at 6:30pm, down Lauriston Place on to Lady Lawson Street. Onto West Port and Grassmarket. Up West Bow and Victoria Street, and onto George IV Bridge. Across Chambers Street onto South Bridge and Nicolson Street. Finally, across Nicolson Square Gardens, and Marshall Street to return to Bristo Square.
The schedule for the 11 October Reclaim The Night Edinburgh is:
1-5pm: Workshops in Teviot Study
6:00pm: Assemble for March
7:30pm: End of March
8pm-Late: ‘Reclaim the Dancefloor’ after party
All of the afternoon indoor events will be held in the Study Room of Teviot Row House, Bristo Square.
A ‘Reclaim the Dancefloor’ will be held in Teviot Underground in Teviot Row House.