Women from a diverse range of backgrounds will speak out during this year’s annual Take Back the Night march.
The march to raise awareness about safety rights for all women takes place Friday with a 5:15 p.m. start at The Grind coffee house at Fifth Avenue and Victoria Street.
Musicians Dodie Goldney, Michele Botel and Treena Plummer warm up the event by playing before — as well as after — the walk.
Speeches by representatives from non-profit groups that help victims will start at 5:45 p.m., with the actual march at about 6:30.
The march began in 1979 in San Francisco to draw attention to male violence against women and children, and it has gradually spread around the globe.
This year’s march is hosted by the Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre, the YM-YWCA Women’s Shelter and The Grind.
Participants can partake of free juice and cookies. The centre is also selling 2014 lottery calendars.