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Women In Dorchester To Reclaim The Night


11:50am 19th November 2012

Women will be marching through Dorchester to reclaim the night.

A special evening of female only activities is being held at the Town Hall this month.

The event on Saturday 24 November from 7pm - 11pm will coincide with International End Violence Against Women Day.

Activities include a drumming workshop with the wonderful Organic Rhythm, a buffet supper and a poetry reading from Tracey West, patron of WAND and best selling author of 'The Book of Rubbish Ideas', whose poems touch on the big themes of life in an often hilarious, sometimes poignant but never boring or defeatist way.

Also there will be an auction to raise money for children who will be living in the West Dorset Women's Refuge at Christmas. So far, despite the recession, organisers say they've had a super response from local businesses especially in Dorchester and would like to thank: Joshua's, Waterstones, Serenity Nail and Beauty, the Melbury gallery, the Walnut Grove, Dorchester Beauty Therapy, Top Drawer, East, Toymaster and Wise Owl Toys all of whom have already donated auction items.

In addition the following have invited WAND to revisit them this week to collect a prize including Cupcakes, Prezzos, Potters, the Plaza, On the Table, Babybirds, Crew Clothing and Marks and Spencer's.

The main event of the evening will be a march through the Dorchester streets to 'Reclaim the Night'.

West Dorset District Council Equality and Community Development Officer explains "The march through the streets is a way of raising awareness of the vulnerability faced by many women through domestic violence and abuse, rape, honour based violence, and practises such as female circumcision".  

Cllr Molly Rennie, chair of the West Dorset Domestic Violence Forum added "What a great night this will be.  Women together having fun but giving the message that we are all safe to do as we feel we want to do. To work with WAND is a great way forward to spread the message that support is there for anyone who is subject to domestic violence and abuse and that it is acceptable to ask for help. West Dorset Women's Refuge telephone is staffed 24/7 so if someone is hurting you ring 01305 262444 for confidential advice".

Toni McKee, Chair of Women's Action Network Dorset said that "WAND are  organising the event and hope that women from across Dorset would take part and help to raise awareness of the issues facing women across the world. We hope to attract as many attendees as possible to raise money for this worthy cause".

If you would like to attend the event you can purchase a ticket for £3.00 be from local tourist information centres in West Dorset or contact Emma Scott on 01305 252204 / 07971 220067 to arrange to be sent a ticket in the post. You can also donate more prizes to the auction by speaking to Emma who would happy to collect them from you.

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