UFCW Canada Local 1006A was proud to march through the heart of downtown Ottawa, for Take Back the Night on Sept 22, 2016.
This was the second Take Back the Night event for the local union, which rallied and marched in Brampton a week earlier. The union's participation is about helping end violence against women.
"Gender-based violence remains a devastating reality for many women across this country and that has got to stop," said President Wayne Hanley. "Women have the right to feel safe whether they are walking down the street at night or in their homes or at work. Together, let us raise awareness, let us speak out and once and for all, help end violence against women.”
Jackie Graticola, a union member engagement representative from the Ottawa area, said: "Even now, many women do not feel comfortable walking down the street at night. Take Back the Night is about making our voices heard and our presence felt in the fight against gender based violence."
Glacier Effs-Samuel, coordinator of the local union's Women's Issues Network, said, "Take Back the Night is about reclaiming our streets and making sure the stories and struggles of so many women are heard."