Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Walk A Mile Toronto Tomorrow! #wamto

The office is a-buzz with activity finalizing all things Walk A Mile!

The Participant's Handbook can be download here (pdf)

There is still time to register if you haven't already. Even if you can't make it down to Nathan Phillips Square tomorrow at noon, you can still participate by:
If you are still thinking of participating but just haven't slipped insoles into heels yet; every registered walker that raises $1,000 in confirmed on-line pledges will receive a coupon for a free pair of Indigo by Clarks or Bostonian Shoes!

Think slipping on some heels is too tough a challenge? Here are some tips from Enza Anderson:
  • Avoid Walking Like A Trucker
  • Shoulders Back/Chest Out/Back Straight/Swing The Hips
  • Heels and Grates Don’t Match
  • Show No Fear
  • Use A Friend As A Crutch.
  • Don't take your shoes off in public.
Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk. It's critical to open up communication about sexual violence. When hidden away, it's almost impossible too stop. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get people talking. People unfamiliar with it often don't even want to know it exists. It's ugly. People who have experienced it themselves want to forget about it. How do you get them talking now, so they can prevent it from happening? And after it's happened, how do you get them to talk about it so they can recover?

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® provides several opportunities to get people talking. For preventive education, it helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence. For healing, it informs the community that services are available for recovery. It demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a safer place.


Anonymous said...

Thought you might be interested in this. Teenage Rape Survivor wishes to stay anonymous.

jewishwomeninternational said...

This seems like an awesome event for a great cause. Thanks for posting about it! In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Jewish Women International is posting 31 personal accounts of violence to our blog, one for each day of October. I hope you'll visit and share with anyone who might be affected!