Women and Gender Studies

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

Date: October 29, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center

Event is designated LIB100 & 201

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
March to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence

Monday, October 29th at 6:00 pm
Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room, keynote and march to follow

In an effort to raise awareness of rape, sexual assault and gender based violence, Grand Valley State University Inter Fraternity Counsel (IFC) is hosting Walk A Mile In Her Shoes. This will be the 2nd year that Grand Valley State University hosts the event.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is an international men’s march to increase understanding about rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Founded in 2001, with the idea that men must be a part of the solution to end sexual violence, walks are held around the country each year. Specifically, men are invited to wear high heels and then actually “walk a mile in her shoes.” This event is not only for men, nor must everyone wear high heels. We invite all community members to participate in this event.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes challenges societal and behavioral norms, encouraging us to pause and seriously consider the message.  High heel shoes can symbolize the oppression that women face when they are victims of sexual violence. When men wear high heels, they can experience for a while the limits; the uncomfortable and constraining gender norms that society places on women. Organizers hope that men “step up” and challenge attitudes that lead to rape and sexual violence.

Join the GVSU campus community in this march to end sexual violence on Monday, October 29th, at 6:00pm in Kirkhof Center Grand River Room. The proceeds from Walk A Mile In Her Shoes go to support GVSU’s RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Program, which is designed to teach both self-defense and larger issues around gender socialization and sexual violence.