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Look: Suffolk’s women Reclaim the Night with march against sexual violence

PUBLISHED: 08:34 07 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:34 07 December 2018

Over a hundred women took back the streets and marched through the centre of Ipswich  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Over a hundred women took back the streets and marched through the centre of Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Ipswich town centre was filled with light and noise as the women of Suffolk marched to tell people they have the right to feel safe on the streets after dark.

Hundreds came together outside the University of Suffolk with glowsticks, banners and whistles to make their case in a Reclaim the Night march dedicated to ending violence against women.

Members of Suffolk Rape Crisis, the Suffolk Feminist Society Network and the University of Suffolk Students’ Union came together with the public and chanted as they walked through the town centre to an audience of late night shoppers.

The Reclaim the Night march went from the University of Suffolk through Ipswich town centre Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe Reclaim the Night march went from the University of Suffolk through Ipswich town centre Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Amy Roch, Director of Suffolk Rape Crisis who organised the march, said: “It was such a positive experience marching with so many women all for the same cause.

“To be a part of this was just incredible, we crossed paths with the ghost caribou on the Cornhill which put our march and message in front of so many people.

The women of Ipswich demanded the right to feel safe on the streets of our town  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe women of Ipswich demanded the right to feel safe on the streets of our town Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“We are often told there is a ‘commitment to tackling this issue’, but just saying the words isn’t enough. We need action. In the words of the suffragettes, we need to see deeds, not words.”

Dr Helen Pankhurst, the new chancellor of the University of Suffolk and great-granddaughter of prominent suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, expressed her support for the march too.

Protestors in Ipswich were calling for an end to violence against wormen Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProtestors in Ipswich were calling for an end to violence against wormen Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

She added: “It is great that the University of Suffolk Students’ Union is celebrating the 16 days of activism with a march.

“Personal and physical safety is a basic right that is denied to far too many people – particularly women and girls. Voicing concern, showing solidarity, demanding better – these are important ways forward.”

The march started at the University of Suffolk and went through the town centre and along the waterfront   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe march started at the University of Suffolk and went through the town centre and along the waterfront Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Emily Armstrong and one of the organisers Helen Taylor Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNEmily Armstrong and one of the organisers Helen Taylor Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Over a hundred women took back the streets and marched through the centre of Ipswich  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNOver a hundred women took back the streets and marched through the centre of Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Over a hundred women took back the streets and marched through the centre of Ipswich  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNOver a hundred women took back the streets and marched through the centre of Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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