Hawick hosts Reclaim the Night march

A plea has gone out for Borderers to Reclaim the Night and help end violence towards women.

The evening march, which has been organised by the Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre annd takes place in Hawick on Monday (November 25), 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 have received tremendous support for the two previous marches and hope to better it in Hawick.”

Anyone wishing to take part is asked to meet at the town’s Sainsbury’s car park at 7.30pm, with the march starting at 8pm. Afterwards, marchers are invited to attend the Heart of Hawick for a hot drinks and music.

Running until December 10, 16 Days of Action is a global campaign aimed at ending gender-based violence.

Councillor Donald Moffat, SBC’s Executive Member for Community Safety, said: “I am delighted SBC is supporting Reclaim the Night march and 16 Days of Action, which I hope Borderers will get behind.”