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Reclaim the Night walk takes stand against abuse


Bradford at night

Event aims to highlight the need for women to feel safe on the streets

The University of Bradford, Bradford College, Bradford Council, Hate Crime Alliance and others will take part in a 'Reclaim the Night' walk across Bradford tomorrow (Friday December 10).

The event, which coincides with International Human Rights Day, is being led by the University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Professor Udy Archibong and the Academic Registrar, Nikki Pierce.
Prof Archibong said: "Incidents of abuse directed at women and girls has increased during the pandemic and many of these take place on the streets. We are taking a stand to eliminate all forms of harassment and violence against women and girls. This ‘reclaim the night’ event is designed to make our streets safer for everyone, especially for women and girls who face harassment and threats, particularly at night.
"Please take part and show your support for every woman, girl, mother, daughter, colleague, friend and yourself. We all deserve to live in a better world free from violence and abuse."
The pavement walk procession will begin at the University's Richmond Building at 4pm and progress down towards City Square for a rally, after which it will make its way back up to the University, around 6pm. Speeches will be delivered at various points throughout the night.

The first ‘Reclaim the Night’ event occurred 40 years ago, when women and girls protested the curfew police imposed in the wake of fatal attacks on women by the Yorkshire Ripper.