The White Ribbon Campaign to Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® asks people to put on a pair of high heels and walk a mile to help end violence against women and girls, one man-sized step at a time.
Walk a Mile is Her Shoes® asks men (and women) to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes.
It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but its fun and it gets the community talking about something that’s really difficult to talk about: violence toward women and girls.
It’s critical to open up communication about sexual violence. When hidden away, it’s almost impossible to stop. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to get people talking. People unfamiliar with it often don’t want to know it exists. It’s ugly.
People who have experienced it themselves want to forget about it. How do you get them talking now, so that they can prevent if from happening? And after it’s happened, how do you get them to talk about it so they can recover?
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, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence.
For healing, it informs the community that services are available for recovery.
It demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a safer place.
See for yourself how to wear the shoes:
* History of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® – 10th Anniversary – 2001 to 2011
Frank Baird from Westlake Village, CA, created Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® in 2001. What started out as a small group of men daring to totter around a park has grown to become a world-wide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs.
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