On Tuesday, a couple hundred Edmonton men came down to Churchill Square and spent their lunch hour walking in high heels. They also raised more than $120,000 for the violence prevention and treatment programs that we offer here at YWCA Edmonton.
Walk a Mile in her Shoes
I have been in New York City for the last week now attending the 57th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). One concept that has been prevalent throughout this year's CSW is engaging men and boys in the process of ending violence against women. The Canadian government hosted a side event yesterday on this topic. We saw great examples of male role models, such as the BC Lions, being vocal on this issue and spreading their message to high school students across BC.
Men in heels – leopard print, bright pink, shiny red – is a rare sight in Churchill Square on workday. On Tuesday, September 11 hundreds of brave men in heels gathered for the YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
The men were utterly confused about how to wear heels – with socks, pantyhose or barefoot? Men were uncertain how to style a pair of pumps – understated with a business suit? Or styled casually with jeans? The event was lighthearted with lots of laughs. An entire football team charging at you in heels is beyond funny (and a little scary).
So, our 3rd Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event is now open for registration and the buzz has already begun around the office. This year we have a lofty (but achievable) goal of $100,000 to help fund our growing list of programs that help women and children recover from -and prevent- family violence.
Throughout our website you can see some of the good work we do, but there's also work behind the scenes that the YWCA doesn't advertise, because we provide them to other non profits (not the general public.) For example: