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This may sound surprising, but there are actually very few festivals around that celebrate women's rights and advocate against violence towards women and children. Sure, there are plenty of festivals that are for women and children, but none of them come close to spreading the message of support and respect that Reclaim The Night events give. They generally have more of an emphasis on fundraising for their respective groups and charities, rather than providing information for women who may need their assistance.
The Geelong collective of Reclaim The Night have been active in the community for over 23 years, helping women who have experienced family violence and sexual assault. They are part of a much larger international organisation whose goal is to stamp out this negative behaviour and provide support and community awareness for women's rights against violence.
The event will be held at Market Square Shopping Centre, Geelong
On Friday 25 October, Reclaim The Night (Geelong) will once again hold their annual WoWFest event. From 6pm until 9pm, the centre court in Market Square Shopping Centre, Geelong, will be filled with market stalls featuring art created by local women. There will also be different activities to participate in, as well as information stalls provided by local community organisations that aim to help keep women safe. The theme of the event this year is 'Women Speak Out' and people who come on the night will have the opportunity to hear a massed choir of local women as they perform songs that celebrate femininity. In answer to the theme, there will also be an extra event entitled Ms Unique, where unrealistic images about women are challenged, and females of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are invited to face up against some of the stereotypes that can be portrayed in the media.
WoWFest is a local celebration of women's diversity and promises to be filled with art, music, entertainment, speakers and activities. This is a free community event, so come along and share stories, celebrate strengths, speak out, and help to make the night a memorable experience, in the hope that one day, we can finally stamp out violence against women.