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Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

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A New Name for Walk a Mile

YWCA Hamilton’s policies and practices are rooted in intersectional feminism, safety, equity and accountability. As an organization we continually review, develop and strengthen the ways in which we serve and engage our staff, our clients and our communities.

Our decision to change the name of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to Walk a Mile in Their Shoes is an important one because we know that in addition to women and girls, that Two-Spirit LGBTQIA+ people experience violence at higher rates than anyone else in our Hamilton and Halton communities. It’s our responsibility as an organization and as a community to advocate for all survivors and to help create a Hamilton that’s free of hate and violence. Because everyone deserves to feel safe.

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.

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