Our Take Back the Night March St. John’s on Sept. 20th was a huge success with a large turnout, including many first-time marchers! With the theme Communities Rooted in Resilience as our guide, we invited many community partners to share their thoughts and talents during our event including Renee Sharpe from Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence, Lynn Moore from firm Morris Martin Moore, Bev Moore-Davis from Miles for Smiles, Laura Winters from the St. John’s Status of Women Council, and performers Sherri Breen and Julia Bryant. This year’s event was sponsored by Budden and Associates who offered even further support by carrying our banner during the march!
Our team was grateful for the opportunity to share a few words to launch the march at Bannerman Park and enjoyed chatting with everyone during the reception at the Foran Room donated by the City of St. John’s.
We continue to strive to create an event that is focused on inclusion and accessibility. Thanks to our work with InclusionNL and other community groups that work toward inclusion and accessibility, we were able to incorporate many features to ensure that the march could be fully enjoyed by anyone who wanted to attend. We are thrilled to share that because of our efforts, some of which we have included below, our march was granted InclusionNL’s disability confidence in recognition of our work to reduce barriers!
- We choose locations that are accessible to those who use mobility devices for our rally and reception (Bannerman Park and City Hall)
- We provide accessible transportation throughout the march for those with mobility needs such as accessible taxis from Newfound Cabs
- We designate an accessibility safety marshal who can provide assistance to anyone with accessibility needs throughout the event
- We provide ASL interpretation throughout the event
- We set up an accessible viewing area for the speeches
- We set up an accessible seating area for the reception
- We provide large print versions of chants and song lyrics
- We offer a map of the march which includes points where folks can join in case they find the hills on the route challenging
- We change the bathroom signs to all-gender
- We strive to use plain and gender-neutral language
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, contributed to and participated in Sexual Violence Awareness Week! Our staff team were thrilled to see so much engagement online and at our Take Back the Night St. John’s March. Special thanks again to our speakers and performers; you all highlighted our theme Rooted and Resilience beautifully.