Reclaim the Night artist Tania Summerell, support worker Trudy O'Dwyer, bookkeeper Amy Hanna and support worker Vicki Ridley.
Reclaim the Night artist Tania Summerell, support worker Trudy O'Dwyer, bookkeeper Amy Hanna and support worker Vicki Ridley. Crystal Spencer

Peaceful plans to reclaim night

TWEED women will join hundreds of others from around Australia and the world on October 30 when they take part in an international peaceful protest.

The Tweed Shire Women's Service's Reclaim the Night celebration is part of an international event designed to raise community awareness of sexual violence against women and children.

Northern Rivers artist Tania Summerell has been commissioned to create an installation at this year's event in Murwillumbah, support worker Vicki Ridley said.

“Tania will be creating one of her beautiful ground mandalas at the front of the Tweed Shire Women's Service, using a combination of coloured sands and flowers.”

Mrs Ridley said mandalas use communicative visual symbols to provide a site of integration for community members to gather, reflect and learn.

Women and children are encouraged to visit the space throughout the day between 10am and 4pm and bring a flower to place at the circumference in honour of all women and children worldwide who have been the victims of abuse.

“It's beautiful to see what Tania actually does.” Mrs Ridley said.

“She does it all quietly and doesn't speak.

“Just seeing that in the process will be absolutely amazing in itself.”

Mrs Ridley said they are also planning to have a small ceremony in the afternoon around the mandala, which will be set up in front of the office, on the corner of Prince and Nullum Streets.

And the event is not only for women.

“Men are absolutely welcome to come,” Mrs Ridley said.

She said the Tweed Shire Women's Service's Reclaim the Night event aimed to:

  • protest that many women and children live in fear of male sexual violence
  • facilitate discussion and encourage a community response to violence against women and children
  • celebrate women's strength and survival
  • work towards a safer society for everyone


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