On Saturday, June 21, Berks Women in Crisis will hold its fourth annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, an awareness and fundraising event.
Male community members will proclaim their solidarity with the movement to end violence against women by marching in high heels, with women and children at their sides. Families, individuals, community and business groups will walk to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. Educators, advocates, students, elected, civic, and religious leaders, and community members are expected to participate.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Berks Women in Crisis’ services and prevention education programs in Berks County. The walk will begin at 11 a.m., with registration beginning at 10 a.m., in the VF parking lot behind Willoughby’s and Wells Fargo Bank on Park Road in Wyomissing.
Participants will walk a total of .8 miles, on Park Road and Penn Avenue into West Reading. The Walk will conclude with a rally at Art on the Avenue, West Reading’s annual Arts Festival.
Participants may register in advance by following the Registration Link at www.berkswomenincrissi.org, on the “Events” page, or in person the morning of the walk.
Men are encouraged to walk in women’s shoes. A supply of high-heeled shoes sized for men are available to rent. Please contact BWIC at 610.370.7810 to reserve shoes, or indicate your intention to rent shoes during the online registration process. A limited quantity of 2014 Walk A Mile t-shirts will be available for a fee and offered free to any adult who raises $100 or more.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the international men’s march to end rape, sexual assault and gender violence, is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness about serious issues. Frank Baird created Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in 2001; dozens of events take place throughout the U.S. and Canada each year. What started out as a small group of men daring to totter around a park has grown to become a worldwide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local Women’s Centers.
“One in three women has experienced gender violence in her lifetime. A woman is raped every 90 seconds in America,” said Frank Baird, national founder of the march. “That means someone you know, someone you care about has probably been the victim of sexual violence. This violence does not just affect women. Men are impacted when women they care about are raped.”
The event is inspired by a literal take on the old saying, “You can’t understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”
More information about Walk a Mile In Her Shoes and other opportunities to support the services and programs of Berks Women in Crisis can be found by visiting the BWIC website www.berkswomenincrisis.org (Events page) and by visiting www.walkamileinhershoes.org.