Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Campaign supports Anova, formerly Women's Community House and Sexual Assault Centre London. Rise to the Occasion and join the 2019 walk!
Put Yourself in Her Shoes®
Each year, an ever-increasing number of men are joining Walk a Mile in Her Shoes International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fun opportunity for men to educate the community about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexualized violence – and raise money for women’s shelters and women’s emergency services.
First You Walk the Walk
There’s an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence.
Then You Talk the Talk
Anova operates Ontario's largest high-security shelter for abused women and their children. Two shelters, which never close, provide emergency and short term shelter, counseling and support...free of charge. In 2018, 453 women and children resided in shelter for a total of 19, 026 care days, free of charge. There were 11,195 calls to our 24 Hour Crisis and Support Line and 1,023 women were supported through walk-in services.
Woman Abuse is Not Just a Women’s Issue
Woman abuse does not just affect women. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their children, their friends, their co-workers and the community.
One in every four women is abused. That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become a victim of abuse. It may be your mother, your sister, your friend, your coworker or your daughter.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes provides several opportunities to get people talking. For preventive education it helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences thus changing perspectives, and it demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making our world a safer place.
“Participation in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is an important statement that men can make in terms of supporting an end to violence against women…” Click here to read more!