All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to join the University of Waterloo and participate in Waterloo Region's 31st annual Take Back the Night rally and march. Take Back the Night addresses the rights of women, children, and trans*people to be safe, without violence, regardless of age, creed, location, numbers, or attire.
Diana Parry, Special Advisor to the President on Women's and Gender Issues, acknowledges that although it is 2014, gendered violence remains a serious issue that needs to be addressed. "This is a great opportunity for members of the University community to come together and show our support for an end to violence against women and trans*people. By participating in Take Back the Night the University of Waterloo is standing with our community to say everyone deserves the right to be safe — all day and all night."
The University of Waterloo contingent will meet at 5:30 p.m. in front of William's by Kitchener City Hall where participants will be provided with a T-shirt to wear during the rally and march. The rally will get underway at 6 p.m. followed by the march.
As a symbolic gesture to say that women should not have to be escorted by men in order to exercise their mobility rights without fearing violence, the march is for women, trans*people, and children. Men are encouraged to attend the opening rally, line the marching route, and join the marchers afterwards for refreshments. Events such as Take Back the Night provide an important opportunity for members of UWaterloo to increase awareness about and call for an end to violence against women, children, and trans*people.