A town-centre march to end male violence against women is taking place in Scunthorpe on Tuesday 8 March 2022, part of North Lincolnshire Council’s commitment to changing the culture that accepts abuse.
Organised by North Lincolnshire Council Safer Neighbourhoods Team and supported by Ongo and Humberside Police, the Reclaim The Night walk is part of the multi-agency Humberside Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
Every walker will get a free snapband and glow stick, and people are encouraged to bring torches and banners to make their presence felt as they walk around the town centre.
The council says it is committed to ending all male violence against women, and is proud of its White Ribbon accreditation.
White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, and especially men and boys, to take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence.
To wear a white ribbon is a promise never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
Next week’s march comes after the Government’s launch of a multi-million pound campaign urging people to say ‘Enough’ to the harassment and abuse of women and girls.
The campaign encourages people to call out abuse including street harassment, coercive control, unwanted touching, workplace harassment, revenge-porn and cyber-flashing.
A new website sets out how people can intervene safely, or report abuse to police, voluntary agencies or managers.
The campaign comes on the back of the national outcry after the kidnap, rape and murder a year ago of Sarah Everard by Wayne Couzens, a serving Met Police officer, as she walked home in south London.
Anyone wanting to take part in the Reclaim The Night march is asked to assemble at the Central Park car park off Kingsway, Scunthorpe from 6pm on Tuesday 8 March.
The 2.9 mile guided walk around Scunthorpe town centre begins at 6.30pm and will take around an hour.
Anyone under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.