Spurred on by the recent murder and abduction in Melbourne of the ABC’s Jill Meagher, organiser Cara Jamieson said she was expecting a large crowd.
“We are scared, because we know this could have happened, and might still happen, to any one of us,” she said.
“And we are furious. Furious that this still happens, furious that it confirms our unspoken fears, furious that anywhere in this world, a woman cannot walk at night in safety.
“We will make a statement that every woman must be safe to walk the streets no matter the time, no matter the place.”
The event will be a night of music, dancing, singing and celebration “to show the world that we will not be too scared to leave our homes”.
“We will foster a culture where we look out for each other and walk tall in the beautiful night,” Ms Jamieson said.
“It’s time to end harassment and violence against women in our community, for the good of our whole community.
“We will march in Bendigo to assert women’s right to access the city free from harassment and violence.”
The march will begin at the Old Fire Station in View Street at 7pm.
Marchers are asked to bring signs, banners and lanterns or candles.