Hundreds of people in Winnipeg participated in the annual Take Back the Night march on Thursday evening to take a stand against violence.

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Some of the several hundred participants in the Take Back the Night March in Winnipeg on Thursday evening. (CBC)

The event, which is rooted in a call to make streets safe for women, had many marchers demanding safety for everyone.

Organizers said it's not just about stopping violence on the streets, noting that nearly 48,000 women in Manitoba have been victims of spousal abuse.

It was partly for that reason that the march route went through some residential areas, organizers said.

Similar marches have been taking place in communities across Canada in recent weeks.