On Saturday April 11, many brave men literally put themselves in a womans shoes and walked an honorary mile for Rape Crisis Midwest.
Walk in her shoes is an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Men were invited to put on a pair of high heel shoes and walk a mile to help raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual violence in our society and more importantly, to make it stop.
The objective of the event, was to positively engage men in the discussion around sexual violence, using the shoes as a metaphor for the men wearing them to experience what it feels like to be in a women’s shoes.
At 2pm the men chose a pair of shoes from a range of different styles and colours. Evan Kennedy, also known as Madonna Lucia, a Limerick drag queen attended the event and gave the men a walking lesson, before each of them walked the plaza at the University of Limerick. Staff and committee members from Rape Crisis were present and indeed very proud of the success of the event. Director Miriam Duffy thanked everybody and highlighted the importance of why everyone was there.
‘Walk in Her Shoes’ is quickly becoming a fantastic annual event where men show their support for women and also a real family day out. With special guest appearances from Minnie and Mickey Mouse, face-painting, an ice-cream van, bake sale, raffle and lots of laughs people of all ages thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Rape Crisis Midwest showed their appreciation to the men who walked with goodie bags and a certificate. However the walking may not be over just yet for these men as they will have to work off all the delicious treats from the bake sale!
Rape Crisis Midwest would like to thank all who helped to make this event happen and all who came to support them.
You can also check out Rape Crisis Midwest on their Facebook page here, and their Twitter here.
You can find information and photos from last year’s ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ event here.
Read more about Rape Crisis Midwest here.