Reclaim the Night march

This year’s Borders Reclaim the Night march, aiming to end violence towards women, takes place in Hawick on Monday, November 25.

The evening event, organised by the Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre, coincides with the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and launches 16 Days of Action.

Scottish Borders Council’s violence against women and domestic abuse co-ordinator Andrea Beavon said: “The march is a chance for people to wave banners, blow whistles, bang drums and use their voices to ensure their opposition to rape and sexual violence is heard.

“We received tremendous support for the two previous marches in the Borders.”

Anyone wanting to take part should meet at Sainsbury’s car park in Hawick at 7.30pm; the march starting at 8pm. Afterwards, marchers are invited to the Heart of Hawick for celebration, hot drinks and music.

Running from November 25 to December 10, the 16 Days of Action, global campaign aims to end gender-based violence.

Other Borders events include a student art competition, a documentary screening about unwanted new-born girls from across the world, and a showing of the film The Colour Purple.

Councillor Donald Moffat, SBC’s executive member for community safety, said: “No-one should live in fear of abuse, whether that be domestic, childhood or sexual.

“I am delighted SBC is supporting Reclaim the Night march and 16 Days of Action, which I hope Borderers will get behind in their numbers to enforce its important message.”