“Women are going to make their voices heard” says Natalie Nielsen before the Take Back the Night Walk.
That’s the purpose of the annual event that started in the early ‘90s. Nielsen, Centre Coordinator of Phoenix Rising and part of the walk committee, doesn’t know exactly when the walk started but this is her tenth year with the event.
About 100 hundred women made their voices heard as they marched down Queen St. Thursday night. Chanting as they marched “No means No, Yes means Yes, No matter where we go or how we dress,” to spread the message that women should be safe on the streets day or night.
The stats keep rising she says when asked what keeps her motivated.
“Women aren’t going to stay silent anymore.” Nielsen sees proof of that in the #Meto Movement and applauds women that come forward with their person experience of abuse. But she thinks more needs to be done to end violence against women. We all need do more says Nielsen.