Sixteen Blaxland High students and two staff pose in group photo under a tree. They're holding protest signs eg Everyone Should Feel Safe. Some students are holding a Rainbow Flag representing the LGBTQI+ community.

More than 130 community members gathered in Springwood Town Centre on the 27 Oct for Reclaim the Night, a global protest demanding an end to violence against women.

Cold weather and the threat of rain did not dampen spirits as participants gathered for badge and banner making, speakers, performances and the march down Macquarie Street with the battle cry: Stand Together & Fight Back! Together We Are Strong! Together We Can End Violence Against Women!

Special shoutout to EViE (Ending Violence Increasing Equality) members, Isla and Lily and aged 15 and 16 respectively, who MC’d the event – the future is in good hands!

Speakers included Councillor Suzie van Opdorp and Zonta president Linda Adair, followed by performances from the fabulous Hands, Heart & Feet and Shimmy Mob, who added colour, momentum and noise.

One in five women experience sexual violence from the age of 15, and one in six experience physical and/or sexual violence by a current or previous cohabiting partner (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics.)

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