Banner drop on International Women's Day

International Women's Day banner at Oxford Rail station

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Friday 8 March 2013

Oxford commuters were greeted at rush hour on International Women's Day today with a banner hung from the railway bridge at Frideswide Square reading: “Listen Up! End Violence Against Women”. Thanks to Hugh Warwick for the picture.

The banner is in support of the Oxfordshire Reclaim the Night campaign: Listen Up! Let's create safe spaces for women to be heard.

The campaign calls on all in the community, women and men in authority and the general public, to help end violence against women by creating safer spaces through actively listening to women and girls.

The need for this campaign has been highlighted by the many recent news stories of the women and girls who either tried, or felt unable, for so long to speak out about sexual abuse and harassment.

Oxfordshire Reclaim the Night holds its annual women's march to end violence against women tonight, 8 March, at 6.30pm, from East Oxford to the Town Hall (meet at corner of Magdalen Road and Cowley Road).

There will be a celebration of International Women's Day for women and men at the Town Hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm with Oxford International Women's Festival and Oxford Young Women's Music Project.