How to create a local Take Back the Night March!

The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape and community partners have hosted Take Back the Night for the last 30 years.

In celebration of 30 years of resistance, we are inviting past community partners and new community organizations to plan your own Take Back the Night March!

How can this be done?

1. Come to our planning meetings to get ongoing support for your community rally and march.

2. Talk to your organization. See if this is something that could bring together community members and workers alike.

3. Pick a date and location (your location could be anywhere!)

4. Organize your Rally: Ask community members to come and speak about their experiences!

5. Organize your March: create a route and ask folks to come and march with placards, signs, noisemakers and chants!

6. Meet us at Yonge-Dundas Square to participate in the Townhall, Community Fair, Rally and March!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

But this seems hard…how do I jump through all the hoops of getting this kind of event off the ground?

Back in the day, women gathered and walked the streets – without permission from our organizations or the City of Toronto. We can gather our friends, community members, service users and empower ourselves to fight in our local community.

How do I get a rally together?

1. Ask speakers to come and say something (you could have MCs or not, you could have agenda of speakers or treat it as an open mic).

2. You might need equipment like microphones and speakers, check in with your community support at the TRCC/MWAR for support around costs.

How do I get a March together?

1. Plan and route: Map out places where you and your group want to be seen and heard. Residential areas are great to have members jump into the March. Avoid areas where there will be less visibility for your Marchers, like industrial areas.

2. Remember to talk with women with different abilities about making the route as accessible as possible.

3. Walk the route with your marchers. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be loud! Let community members know why you’re there!