Reclaim the Night, the annual campaign against gender-based violence, has announced a one-off ‘Reclaim the Nightlife’ gig this week in Manchester.
The movement, which can be traced back to the late 70s, began as part of the Women’s Liberation Movement.
Still, if not more important now than ever, the campaign aims to put an end to gender-based violence and sexual harrassment, as well as offering resources and support for those affected.
This year, The University of Manchester’s Student Union is working in partnership with The Warehouse Project to host Reclaim The Nightlife this Thursday.
The event runs from 9:30pm – 2am across multiple venues in the Students’ Union on Oxford Road. Headlined by DJ Mag’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement winner and Manchester icon, DJ Paulette, the evening is set to be a stellar female-led line-up with all profits going to charity.
The campaign will culminate this year with a march on Wednesday 30th November. Starting at 6:30pm from Owens Park, Fallowfield, thousands will be taking to the streets to Reclaim The Night.
This year the focus is predominatly on advocating for women and marginalised genders – empowering everyone to recognise sexual misconduct, “call it by its name” and report instances.
Celina Pereira (the Students’ Union’s Wellbeing and Liberation Officer) is leading this year’s campaign alongside the help of Samantha Bronheim (Union Affairs Officer), Tesnime Safraou (City and Community Officer) and Robbie Beale (Activities and Culture Officer).
Throughout November they are campaigning and fundraising for two chosen charities, Manchester Rape Crisis and Galop.
The SU is also hosting a series of events and workshops, including a ‘Know Your Rights’ training led by legal organisation Green & Black Cross, a talk by the Feminist Collective and Butterfly Effect and banner making sessions for the march.
From buying a ticket for Reclaim The Nightlife, getting your hands on some merch, directly donating to the charities, or taking to the streets for the march on the 30th November – there are lots of ways to show your support for the incredibly important cause.