Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an annual fundraising event where people of all ages, genders and abilities walk in a pair of women’s shoes as a symbolic gesture, and in solidarity with, survivors of violence. Funds from Walk a Mile in Her Shoes support programs that work to end violence against women and girls.
Since its inception, YWCA Hamilton’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has raised more than $450,000 to power life-changing and life-saving programming for women and families impacted by violence.
Because half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one form of violence. Girls and young women are eight times more likely to be victims of sexual assault and women and girls are five times more likely to experience sexual violence than males.
In 2018, a woman was killed by her intimate partner every 2.5 days in Canada.
Violence against women and girls is the world’s largest human rights violation. Each year in Canada, over 75,000 women and their children flee their homes to escape violence. More than 60,000 Canadian women access emergency shelters every year, 50% of them with children.
As a result of violence, women and girls have become the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. All too often, women are forced to choose between a life of violence or facing homelessness.