Fri, 19 Mar|
#ReclaimTheseStreets (West Lothian)
2 West Lothian gals- Gemma & Elaine (me) are encouraging you to #ReclaimTheseStreets over this weekend to show support and solidarity of all victims and survivors of Gender Based Violence. Join the event over on Facebook here: https://fb.me/e/XZUNu1Vl
Time & Location
19 Mar 2021, 19:00 GMT – 21 Mar 2021, 23:00 GMT
About the event
Elaine (auntielainey.com) and Gemma, the founder of Diversity-West Lothian have connected through previous events and just their general shared interest in promoting equality and fairness for all.
Everyone will be aware of the recent #ReclaimTheseStreets events which have taken place all over the UK in recent weeks, in fact you may have joined one either in person, or virtually already.
This event specifically, is being organised by 2 West Lothian gals but with it being online anyone in the world can join in. We'd love to see your pics so please share them with us and use the three hastags #ReclaimTheStreets #DWL #auntielainey Three hashtags seems excessive, agreed! We just want to see your lovely snaps and shares. Of course, there is no pressure to share anything on social media or if you do not want the photos shared in any future promotional material for the event please PM us and we will ensure that they are not used.
So, why are we doing this? We want to continue to efforts of the #ReclaimTheseStreets vigils and protests and ensure that it is not just a 'fad' or forgotten after a week or so but that people continue to take a stance against Gender Based Violence. We also feel that the best way that survivors can be supported and victims honoured is by showing community, solidary and conscious effort towards tackling the issue.
All activities MUST adhere to Covid guidelines i.e if you are taking a night time walk please ensure that it is with no more than the maximum number of people allowed. For West Lothian, at the moment this is a 2 adults from 2 separate households. If you are a member of a walking group 15 adults are able to take part, only if this is an organised event. Please ensure that you check the Covid guidelines in your area.
How? This is entirely up to you. The event will run over 3 nights (Friday-Sunday). We recommend getting out a walk, after dark, SAFELY and take, wear and do whatever you like (within reason). Whatever will make YOU feel connected with the campaign and all it represents- no right or wrong.
Why not get your kids involved and ask them to help you make a sign to take with you to carry on your walk or even just to place in your window? There are lots of resources out there on how you can talk to children about Gender Based Violence but keep it light, fun and age appropriate. We recommend art, an "allowed to stay up a bit later" walk or whatever feels right for you and your family.
If you are taking anything with you on your walk please ensure that you dispose of this safely and responsibly.
If you decide you would like to light any candles (indoors or outdoors) please do this responsibility.
Why not dig out your Christmas fairy lights and you can take them with you to light the way and be SEEN (in more ways than one)
If you don't want to or are unable to walk that is also absolutely fine- sit in reflection, listen to some of the inspiring survivor stories, music or podcasts or just relax and think. There is no right or wrong, we just want to make a clear statement that West Lothian people are "Reclaiming the Streets" and will no longer stand for the violence which (basically) all women face throughout their lives!
People are welcome to share their stories, resources and anything which you would like to and we ask that everyone is completely respectful at all times. As admins, we will review all content before it is posted.
No obligation at all to donate but some people have expressed interest to. You can donate to our fundraiser for West Lothian's Womens Aid using this link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ElaineShepherd5
So, come on West Lothian (and everyone else) let's #ReclaimTheseStreets