Once again, the men in Griffith are heeling-up to show their support and raise awareness for violence against women.
The ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event will be held on Friday November 24, starting at 12.30pm in the car park opposite Rossies Foodworks supermarket from 12pm.
Detective Sergeant Cherie Knox from Griffith LAC looks forward to seeing Griffith men join the police in supporting the cause
“This is part of 16 days of activism for police, and it is all to raise awareness of domestic violence which can occur and effect all members of the community,” she said.
“It is important that the men in our community act as role models and say ‘no’ to this violence.”
This is the fourth walk held in Griffith, and last year saw an impressive turn out from local businesses.
Nationally, the walk aims to raise millions of dollars for local rape crisis centres, domestic violence shelters and other sexualised violence education, prevention and remediation programs.
Soroptimist International in Griffith has been involved in projects to address the issue of gender based violence, and President Gerry Rohan is once again anticipating a great turn out.
“Our first three ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ events have been very successful and with everyone’s participation we can look forward to another big turn out this year,” Ms Rohan said.
“The idea is that Griffith men find a pair of women’s shoes, preferably with heels, but any women’s shoes will be OK, and take part in the challenge to walk from the car park opposite Rossies to Memorial Park to further raise our community’s awareness of the issue of men’s violence against women.”
All proceeds will go to the Griffith Women’s Refuge.
The walk will be followed by a guest speaker addressing issues surrounding sexualised violence, and will be completed by a sausage sizzle.
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“The walk is not easy 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 sexual violence against women.”
All men are invited to participate in this event. There is no pre-registration, meaning you just turn up on the day with your friends willing to accept the challenge.