Press Release: Marchers take to the streets to oppose gendered violence as students return to school

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Marchers take to the streets to oppose gendered violence as students return to school

MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 – As classes begin throughout the country, community members and students in Montreal will take to the streets on Tuesday at 6:30pm to oppose gendered violence under the banner of The Night is Not Enough. The march, beginning at Phillips Square (near McGill metro), calls for an end to sexual violence, and sheds light on the fact that the largest number of sexual assaults at post-secondary institutions take place within the first weeks of classes. Marchers are also calling attention to the fact that many people face even greater risk of being targeted with gendered violence based on factors such as their racial background, ability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigration status or occupation. They also highlight the need for a more inclusive anti-violence movement that centers the needs and voices of those most impacted.

This is the first year that The Night is Not Enough march is being organized in Montreal as an alternative to the annual Take Back the Night march. The march is born out of the recognition that the Take Back the Night as a global movement has a legacy of excluding trans people, sex workers and others, communities that face ongoing exclusion in accessing services such as shelters. The march emphasizes the right for people of all genders (including trans people and non-binary individuals), Indigenous women and two-spirit people, Black people, People of Colour, those living with disabilities, those affected by poverty and homelessness, undocumented and refugee women, as well as sex workers, to live their lives free from sexual harassment, abuse and assault. The march also seeks to dispel the myth that gendered violence occurs only at nighttime, emphasizing that it exists along a continuum, extending from street level sexual harassment to sexual assault, and that these are ever present in our society.

The march will include a guest speaker from ASTT(e)Q (Action santé travestiEs et transsexuelLEs du Québec), an organization that aims to promote the health and well-being of trans people. Two-spirit people and trans women, especially trans women of colour, are disproportionately impacted by systemic violence. The Trans Murder Monitoring Project reveals that at least 112 trans and gender-diverse people in North America have been killed since 2008 alone.  

The march will also feature a speaker from Stella, an organization by and for sex workers that aims to create an environment where sex workers can live and work in safety and with dignity. During the Grand Prix in June, Stella launched a campaign bringing attention to the realities and impacts of repression and criminal prohibition of sex work. Stella notes that, “Police repression, whether targeted specifically at sex workers or at clients is one of the principle factors that puts sex workers at risk of violence.”

Media contacts:

Centre for Gender Advocacy / A Safer Concordia

Stacey Gomez (English): (438) 404-4458

Jada Joseph (French): (514) 806-5733

Julie Michaud (French): (514) 649-5303

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