Could you walk in her shoes?

This week there has been a lot of media attention given to a certain ad on Fluid Hair’s website depicting a scene of domestic violence and a woman with an obvious black eye and facial bruising.  The backlash to the ad has been considerable, with heated debates over whether the ad was artistic, or in bad taste in light of the concerted efforts in Alberta and across Canada to draw a different kind of attention to domestic violence.  One of prevention and not fashion, and one of shared responsibility and not callous disregard.

Regardless of your take on the ad, the media attention has created an opportunity to raise awareness.  In particular, we at Two and the City would like to raise the profile of an event happening in Edmonton this September that aims to bring Edmonton together to join the fight against violence against women.

YWCA Edmonton is holding its second annual WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® event to help women and their children walk away from violence. Men will sign up to walk, either independently or as a group, and raise money through donation pledges from their family, friends and co-workers. On Tuesday, September 13, all of the Walkers will come down to Winston Churchill Square, put on some fabulous high heel shoes and, after a brief tutorial, walk a course around the square (not an actual mile!). Shoes are provided; ski poles are recommended for especially wobbly Walkers!

When:Tuesday September 13, 2011 Arrive for Event Registration & Shoe Fitting at 11:00a.m.
Time:Event Starts at 11:30 and ends at 1:30 pm
Where:Downtown – Sir Winston Churchill Square (in front of City Hall)

I believe the token male Run for the Cure Committee member is participating in the walk, and I would pay big money to see J don some heels for the walk too. Please encourage the men in your lives to get involved.  It will be worth it judging by the even photos from previous years!!


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