Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
Violence and hate in our community are on the rise. Women, girls, Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ people experience violence at higher rates than anyone else in our Hamilton and Halton communities. Last year, 173 women and girls were violently killed in Canada; a devastating increase of the 160 lives lost the year prior.
Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or missing than any other women in Canada, and 16 times more likely than white women. We also know that approximately six in ten Indigenous women have experienced some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ people experience stigma and discrimination across their life spans, and are often targets of sexual and physical assault, harassment and hate crimes.” Unfortunately, this reality hits close to home.
Walk in solidarity with survivors and help create a Hamilton that’s free of hate and violence. Because everyone deserves to feel safe.
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.