ON THE MARCH: March marshalls (from left) Maria Lebreton, Elka Nicholson and Valerie Thompson untangle whistles ahead of last n
ON THE MARCH: March marshalls (from left) Maria Lebreton, Elka Nicholson and Valerie Thompson untangle whistles ahead of last n

FAMILY EVENT: Melanie Vanaria Jamieson at the march with children Melanie and Oscar.We?re not safe

By WILL JACKSON

staredit@northernstar.com.au

RACHEL MILLETT doesn't feel safe walking down the street she lives in.

She attended last night's Reclaim the Night rally to help raise awareness that the situation is not acceptable.

"Living in Uralba Street, there's been a lot of crime there lately, especially the death of Simone Strobel, and it has made me think twice about going out at night," she said.

"I see the event as a public statement that women share the same space as men and have equal rights to be safe to be able to exist and go about their daily life."

The annual event is part of a global movement that started in 1975.

Last night, more than 200 women and a few men gath- ered outside Caddies Coffee in Carrington Street, Lismore, to raise awareness of womens' need to be safe and to celebrate their strength. Before the march, several speakers told of their experiences of violence.

One of the speakers, Kate Lavender, said the event protested against all forms of violence, which included domestic violence as well as violence in the public sphere.

While some ground had been made, work still needed to be done on a societal and personal level, she said.

Ms Lavender said that while she recognised violence affected both sexes, the event was for women to express their needs and men should take a supportive role.

Chris Ritchi, of Lismore, said he was there for that purpose.

"The rally is an aware- ness thing. Violence affects so many women and it's not talked about. I think it's important that we discuss these issues," he said.

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