It started with women from Winnipeg’s inner city drumming and singing, and ended with hundreds marching in the rain to end gender-based violence.
The message was clear at Take Back The Night Wednesday evening:
“Our community needs to be aware of the violence that is happening to indigenous women, and like all women in general,” said marcher Jenna Licious.
“Show some solidarity with an area that has been one of those areas where they say ‘oh don’t walk alone on the streets, don’t go out after dark,’ “ added community volunteer Charlotte Cameron.
“We should all have the right to do that.”
Eight-year-old Madeleine Caron came out to the march with her mom and spoke through a megaphone for much of the evening shouting phrases such as “whatever we wear, wherever we go, yes means yes, and no means no.”
“It helps a good cause for the women who have been murdered or have been hurt,” Caron said.
Take Back The Night first came to Winnipeg in 1979.