Walk a mile in her shoes

walk-a-mileEach year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are participating in “Walk a mile in her shoes” events all around the world. The first walk occurred in 2001 and since then has moved around the globe taking place on all continents.

This September will be the first time “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” will take place on a national level in Ireland, seeing Women’s Aid partner with Concern for the aptly named initiative.

It is an opportunity to raise awareness in the Irish community about the serious causes and effects of domestic and sexual violence against women both in Ireland and internationally.

“Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” takes place on Saturday September 13th in Dublin, Cork and Galway and is an opportunity, especially for men, to show support and solidarity with women on domestic and sexual violence.

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

  • The majority of them know her as a friend 24.9%, a close family member 18.6%, someone in their community 16.3% or work colleague 15.5%.

  • When asked how they would act if they suspected a friend to be the victim of domestic abuse, 93% said they would ask her if she was alright, almost 90% (89.9%) would encourage her to contact a helpline and only 5% (5.2%) would not say or do anything

  • Almost 90% (87.9%) of Irish men consider domestic abuse to be a criminal offense.

We are delighted that rugby legend Rob Kearney has come on board for this campaign, to help us raise awareness of gender based violence, as well as raising much needed funds. 

Each walk will begin to set out at 12pm sharp on the 13th of September at each of the three venues. We would love as many people as possible to be in attendance at each one so bring all your friends, families, colleagues, even acquaintances to support you. Ultimately it is a fun awareness and fundraising event for each organisation and in no way is this a competitive event. We’ll have entertainment at the start and finish to keep everybody amused.

For further information relating to the event, as well as details on how to sign up, and how to start fundraising, please visit walkamileireland.ie.

All funds raised are split evenly between Women’s Aid and Concern.

F.A.Q’s

1.  How Do I Register?

The simplest way to register is via the website www.walkamileireland.ie – it works in the same way as www.mycharity.ie but without the associated charges. As soon as you register, you’ll get your very own online fundraising page.

Or if you prefer after you register online, you can request Sponsorship cards from Concern. We also have them here at Women’s Aid. Each sponsorship card needs be issued to the named person walking the mile and will be recorded against a number.

2. Can a participant walk in their own shoes?

The Event is designed to attract men to walk in high heels, but it is absolutely no problem walking in your own shoes. The walk is open to everyone – women, children anyone can do the walk.

3.  How Do I get the High-Heels?

The shoes in the photos are from Penneys. They were size 8 and 9 and fitted people with size 10 and 11 feet. They were also very cheap, only €13. If you get the bucklebacks (shoes strapped at the back) they will give you that bit more space. One of the Concern team was able to borrow his mother’s shoes, and we’ve heard from other events that charity shops and second hand shops can be great for finding cheap shoes in larger and wider sizes. Some other shop recommendations (websites) are as follows which cater for larger female shoe sizes.

But don’t let this put you off, remember that it is no problem to walk in your own shoes on the day.

4. Where does the money raised go?

The money raised will be split evenly between Concern and Women’s Aid.

 

* Attitudes to Domestic Abuse in Ireland (2008): Report of a survey on perceptions and beliefs of domestic abuse among the general population of Ireland, Cosc. Horgan J., Mühlau P, McCormack P., and Röder A., Available online at www.cosc.ie