London Reclaim The Night 2021

Assemble in Central London at 6.00pm for a women-only march, 27 November 2021

Join us for London Reclaim the Night! Close down central London for women, put your feet on the streets to shout a loud NO to rape and all forms of male violence against women.

We plan to march from Marble Arch towards Golden Square. Given the ever changing COVID situation, this might change. Keep up to date with the latest information here or on our Facebook page.

For latest details check here.

Recent events highlight the continuing need for Reclaim the Night. Violence against women and girls surged alarmingly during the COVID-19 pandemic and we went into lockdown. Globally the statistics are horrific and the UK is no exception. RESPECT, the national domestic violence charity, reported a large increase in cases and in the first 3 weeks of lockdown, 14 women and 2 children were murdered (3 times more than usual). Engagement with the National Stalking Advocacy Service, Report Harmful Content Hotline and Revenge Porn Helpline doubled.

Reclaim the Night came to the UK over 40 years ago. In 1977 women in Leeds took to the streets to protest the police requesting women to stay at home after dark in response to the murders of 13 women by (recently deceased) Peter Sutcliffe. Placards read “No curfew on women – curfew on men”. It is hard to believe we are still marching, but we will not stop until we can walk the streets at night, without the fear of rape. Women still face widespread violence from day to day harrassment in the street to sexual assault, rape and murder. And we remain in a climate where this is still normalised as acceptable ‘banter’, where prosecutions for assaults are decreasing, and specialist services for women are under attack. This is unacceptable and women everywhere are making a stand.

Join us and join millions across the globe who will be marking the annual United Nations Day to End Violence Against Women (25th November) with demonstrations and marches.

March for your friends and family, your colleagues, your daughters, yourself – march for all of us; march for a better world, free from violence and abuse.

London Reclaim The Night is a women-only march. Men who would like to support the event are encouraged to offer/join the Men’s Vigil, before joining the mixed rally. Details can be found here.

Join the feminist revival!

We still need women to offer their time as volunteers – primarily as stewards on the march. Please get in contact ASAP to offer your time. If you can’t be there as a steward, then there are many other ways that you can help:

  • forward this request to other women you know who might be available
  • offer your skills as a first aider
  • drive a car or van on the day/evening to transport placards
  • offer to accompany a woman who is less able on the march
  • offer your skills as a signer
  • offer any counselling/support skills to any women who need support before and during the march (particularly if you have experience of offering support to women who have experienced violence)
  • other skills/offers that you can suggest
  • get male friends/partners/family members to co-ordinate/attend the men’s vigil in support of RTN