Domestic violence is one of those things that folks don’t like to talk about.
Many people would choose to converse about politics or religion before discussing it.
Creative measures generally draw more of a crowd than sheer talk.
This is why I fell in love with this: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes ®.
Just take a look at this:
Guys. In heels. Walking to stop violence against women.
They strive to bring awareness to the causes and effects of violence against women. Win.
I love that men are participating. Women and children march as well, but I think there’s something to be said for the men’s participation.
How often do we associate abusers with men?
How often do we associate the victim with women?
How often do we focus on the victim, the end result, without focusing on the perpetrator?
Doesn’t it make sense to address the problem, instead of always trying to put a band-aid fix on the aftermath?
This program was created by Frank Baird with a handful of men prancing around a park.
The idea quickly caught on, and these marches have been taking place since 2001.
I would love to participate in a walk, but there are none happening in AL any time soon. I may get one started, although the idea does terrify me just a bit. Can’t do it as a one-woman show…
Either way, it only costs $125 to get the “rights” to hold a march, which is a steal if you ask me. If a walk is organized by a military group, Native Americans or Canadian First People, or anyone in any African nation, it is free to register.
I love that the organization gives you all you need to make the walk a success: steps to take, ideas, and they even sell “official” red pumps.
Can’t walk but want to donate? You can do that here.
You can also take a look at this calendar and see where walks are scheduled for the next few months.
What about you: would you like to participate in a march?
True Confessions: I was not asked to write this content. I found a picture from one of the events online and looked into it myself. I think it’s a great thing, though, and wanted to share it!