May 23, 2015

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

Ever heard about this campaign before ? No ?
It's okay. Me neither.

But stumbled upon their website just now, and this movement is amazed me. Like seriously !
People need to do this campaign more, men must participate here.

What is Walk A Mile In Her Shoes ?

A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men's sexualized violence against women.

First You Walk the Walk
There is 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 men's sexualized violence against women.

Then You Talk the Talk
It's critical to open communication about sexualized violence. While hidden away, sexualized violence is immune to cure. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get people talking. People unfamiliar with men's sexualized violence against women don't want to know it exists. It's ugly. People that have experienced sexualized violence themselves want to forget about it. How do you get people talking now, so they can prevent it from happening? And if it's already happened, how do you help them recover.

A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event is abundant with 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. The Walk Event Experience provides a description of how these opportunities might present themselves at a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event.

Not Just a Women's Issue
Here Sexualized violence does not just affect women. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their friends, their coworkers, and their communities. Sexualized violence is epidemic. Some of the statistics: Every two minutes someone is raped. One in six women are victims of sexual assault. That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become the victim of sexual violence. It may be your mother, your sister, your friend, your girlfriend, your wife, your coworker or your daughter.

History of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®
Frank Baird 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.

Who can join the campaign ?
All of us.
From USA to Arabia. From Netherland to Pakistan.
We should encourage our male friends or coworkers or families or colleagues to join this event and participate more.
You can register to their website here and starting to organize your event in your country.

I would like to organize one here in Jakarta.
You coming with me ?

Pictures credited to Walk A Mile In Her Shoes website and from other organizations who condone the same event around the world.

Are you men enough to wear your red high heels and join us ?

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