Tonight, there was a slightly different air about Southampton City Centre as both women and men alike marched through the streets in protest against rape and all forms of male violence against women. There was over a hundred people in attendance.
“We demand the rights to walk the streets at night!”
“Sexual Violence has to go, Say a Hey, Ho”
The march was extremely well organised into four sections – 1) Self-Identifying Women and Feminine Presenting Segment, 2) Pacing Section, 3) Main Section and 4) Family / Quietened Section. The local women’s drumming group Djembabes lead the march in the first section; which is only made up of women to respect traditions.
“A huge thank you to everyone that came. An event like this only works well with a group of loud voices and that’s exactly what we had! It’s such an important event, as the negative impacts of sexism are still being seen in everyday life, including but not limited to gender based violence and street harassment”