The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society is thrilled to have co-hosted this year’s event with the Okanagan Roller Derby Association.

For over 40 years, the Elizabeth Fry Society has been supporting survivors of violence and advocating for every woman’s right to live free from violence. The annual Take Back the Night rally and march raises awareness about sexualized violence and presents an opportunity for everyone in the community to provide support and strength to survivors of violence.  The event takes place in cities worldwide as a protest against the fear of sexualized violence that women encounter in their lives.

Last night, supporters gathered at Stuart Park in downtown Kelowna. Activities included a photo booth where attendees could share why they need feminism or other messages of empowerment and hope. Tamara Logan, local yoga/bellyfit instructor and Empowerific community ambassador welcomed the crowd and introduced the speakers for the evening: Rob, Dawn, and Suezan, all shared stories of strength and courage.

Almost 100 people gathered for the rally, and after some warm up dance moves and chants they proceeded on the march through Kerry Park and up Bernard Avenue. Their voices echoed through the night with chants about equality and a women’s right to be free from violence.

The march ended at E Fry’s safe center on 347 Leon Avenue, where everyone enjoyed hot chocolate and snacks, while visiting and mingling. The evening was a success, and the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society would like to thank all the volunteers, staff, and their co-hosts, the Okanagan Roller Derby Association, for all the hard work in putting this event together. They would also like to thank the speakers, Tamara for acting as MC, and all the supporters who came out to take part.

Check out the video clip of the march below.