Series of partnership events in Northampton to raise awareness of gender-based violence

The Reclaim the Night March will start from Barry Road, proceeding to All Saints Church, on Friday (November 24).
The Reclaim the Night March will start from Barry Road, proceeding to All Saints Church, on Friday (November 24).

Events spanning 16 days will be taking place in Northampton during November and December to raise awareness of gender-based violence.

The awareness-raising events will begin on Friday, 24 November with the launch of the QTiP partnership at 4pm in the Guildhall. Later the same evening, people can join the annual Reclaim the Night March, from Barry Road to All Saints Church, which steps out at 11pm.

The events continue on 27 November with the Stories of Resilience project launching at The Deco Theatre at 4pm. This will be followed by a theatre performance by students from Rushden Academy and a Q&A session with Northampton Borough Council and the University of Northampton.

Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “We are pleased to be working with partners across the borough, to participate in the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign, along with 3,700 organisations globally.

“Together we are taking action against gender-based violence by holding a range of events over the 16 days, to educate and inform the town about the impact of violence, the support services available to help anyone affected and what can be done to stop it happening.

“We hope that individuals and businesses will join us at the events which kick off on 24 November.”

In December, the borough council will continue the events with a civic ceremony in the Guildhall Courtyard for World Aids Day. The ceremony will take place at 1pm on Friday, 1 December, led by the Mayor of Northampton, councillor, Gareth Eales.

In addition, the council will be celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the Grosvenor Centre on Sunday, 3 December. Local disability support and health services will be on hand from noon to 3pm

Closing the series of events is a cinema evening at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse on Friday, 8 December, where the film East is East will be shown to help raise awareness of domestic abuse.

All events taking place between 24 November and 8 December have been organised by Northampton Borough Council, the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Rape Crisis, Northampton Domestic Abuse Service and Northampton Right and Equality Council to support the national 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign.

Visit northampton.gov.uk/16day for more information about the events and to book your place at the Stories of Resilience Launch or cinema evening.