Rob Kearney is a SHOEperman for charity

5 Sep 2014

Rugby star launches ‘Walk a mile in her shoes’ for Concern and Women’s Aid

20 August 2014; Irish rugby star today launched a joint fundraising initiative with Concern and Women’s Aid – Walk a mile in her shoes.

Joining the two organisations Rob is encouraging men to step into a woman's shoes and help raise funds and awareness to help prevent violence against women at home and abroad.

Speaking on his involvement with the event Rob said, “I’m delighted to be involved in the Walk A Mile event with Concern and Women’s Aid. The money raised goes directly to two fantastic charities that do great work in the areas of women’s rights and supporting women and girls affected by violence both here in Ireland and overseas. It doesn’t take a lot of training to take part and should be great fun while at the same time raising awareness about a very serious issue.”

There will be three events held around the country in Dublin, Cork and Galway on Saturday September 13 2014. To take part men need to wear high heels and walk a mile to raise money and awareness around violence against women.

The event is an opportunity for men to stand up to show they don’t condone violence against women in any form. It demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a safer place.

Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid said," Violence against women does not just affect women; it is a societal problem. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their friends, their co-workers, and their communities.  Almost 40% (38.3%) of Irish men know a woman who has been a victim of domestic abuse. This is a fun way for men to raise awareness of violence against women and girls, as well as raising some much needed funds."

Speaking on the partnership between Concern and Women’s Aid Richard Dixon, Director of Public Affairs, Concern said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Women’s Aid to raise funds and awareness around the issue of violence against women and girls. Unfortunately violence against women and girls is not an issue confined solely to women living in the developing world and it is an issue that often goes unaddressed here in Ireland and overseas.”

He continued, “We are hoping through our event we will encourage both men and women to talk about violence against women and the ways in which we can prevent it. Concerns programmes that address violence against women and girls (replaced GBV) tackle the issue at community level, and actively engage men as allies. Men ultimately have the power to prevent violence against women and girls from taking place. We believe that poverty cannot be tackled until women and girls can live their lives free from violence and inequality.

All funds for Concern go directly to Concern’s overseas gender violence programmes such as the programme to end sexual violence against women and girls in Sierra Leone.

All funds for Women’s Aid will go towards their National Free phone Helpline providing free, confidential support and information to women experiencing domestic abuse across the Republic of Ireland.

For more information, or to register to walk visit the Walk a Mile website. Registration costs just €20 and women are also invited to take part or alternatively come along and cheer those men brave enough to step out in heels.

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For more information please contact Karen Power, Concern Worldwide, 01 417 7789 or Sarah Clarkin, Women’s Aid, 01-6788858.