Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I Love (these) Guys in High Heels, Here's Why...

I am so thankful to have stumbled across this organization, it's so wonderful to hear about "the good guys" or more acurately, the BEST. Thanks Guys! What a wonderful lead to follow...and on that note = 10 Things Men Can Do To Prevent Gender Violence



Put Yourself in Her Shoes™

Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a fun opportunity for men to educate the community about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexualized violence.


First You Walk the Walk

There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it's fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence.


Then You Talk the Talk

It's critical to open up communication about sexual violence. While hidden away, it's immune too cure. 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 that 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

Sexualized Violence is Not Just a Women's Issue

Sexualized violence does not just affect women. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their friends, their coworkers, and their communities. Sexualized violence is epidemic. Some of the statistics: Every two minute someone in America is raped. One in six American women are victims of sexual assault.That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become the victim of sexual violence. It may be your mother, your sister, your friend, your girlfriend, your wife, your coworker, or your daughter.


Please join us at Peace4 the Missing
Missing Persons Awareness and Support Network
http://peace4missing.ning.com

2 comments:

Maggie's Rose said...

Love them!

http://photos.signonsandiego.com/albums/high-heels/ppHighHeels291144x001.jpg

abusenomore said...

How awesome is that! What a nice way to begin the day. Good morning guys, thank you for doing such a wonderful thing. What a creative way to promote such an important cause. It warms my heart to see such a commited group of men. Our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends around the world thanks all of you!