Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Walk to end violence against women
You likely know her. She might be your neighbour, the woman you saw at the grocery store, your friend. She is a woman who lives quietly and at high risk of being abused, of being terrorized, of being killed by her intimate partner.
Last year, 160 women and girls were murdered in Canada, an increase from the 118 lives lost the year prior. That means, one woman or girl was murdered every 2.3 days in this country. As the pandemic stretches on and stay-at-home orders are extended across the province, women who are trapped at home with their abusers are at greater risk than ever before.
Domestic violence rates have skyrocketed across Canada as a result of the pandemic and a crisis in affordable housing means women at risk, especially those with children, might have nowhere to go. For many, stay-at-home orders mean being under constant surveillance by their abusers, and the few hours of peace that once existed when he left for work have vanished. Tensions in the home are rising and women and children are bearing the brunt of it.
But you can do something about it.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a signature YWCA Hamilton event that raises funds and awareness to end violence against women.
We transformed our traditional rally and march through downtown Hamilton into an online event: a Walk Week, a virtual rally and awards ceremony.
And wow!! We did it!
Thanks to you – the generous supporters, partners, and staff of YWCA Hamilton – we are thrilled to announce that Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2021 raised over $152,000 and counting to support women and children escaping violence.
Throughout Walk Week, we were thrilled to see so many supporters from Hamilton and beyond putting on their red shoes and walking in solidarity with survivors. We had 52 teams and 242 registered walkers who collected over 1,2010 individual donations – what an amazing show of support!
We capped off the week with our Virtual Awards ceremony, hosted by charismatic emcees Rafal Tomczuk and Lohifa Pogoson Acker. A huge congratulations to our award winners: Social Media Sweepstakes winner Sharr Carins; YWCA Staff Top Fundraiser Jodee Webb; Top Individual Fundraiser Terri Johns; Top Team Fundraiser Alectra Utilities; and the Biggest Team Award to Team Squirrel Friends! And, who could forget the #HAMONT Firefighters, who rocked their red heels and took home the “Who Walked it Best” award!
YWCA Hamilton relies on funds raised by Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to provide a way out for women and children experiencing violence. Funds raised from this event provide safe housing that survivors need to escape violence and get back on their feet. We provide safety, access to counselling, supports to help them become financially independent.