The Regina YWCA ‘Walk a Mile In Her Shoes‘ is an annual event where men raise funds and walk around Victoria Park in red high heels.
The walk shows support for women and their children who take steps to walk away from family violence.
Julie Gobeil is the event coordinator with the Regina YWCA. She says the numbers are staggering when it comes to violence against women and children in Saskatchewan.
“Almost 80-percent of the women and children in our shelter are there because of violence,” Gobeil said. “It’s a real issue and specifically in Saskatchewan, we have it a bit worse than the rest of the country. We have the highest rate of domestic violence and intimate partner homicide.”
Gobeil says Walk-a-Mile is a pledge-based fundraiser which will ultimately assist shelters in Regina.
“Our shelters have been at-capacity since they have opened,” Gobeil said. “We had to turn away over two-thousand women and children last year.”
Gobeil says the walk symbolizes walking in somebody else’s shoes She says it’s an effective way to generate much-needed funds for the YWCA.
YWCA Regina’s Isabel Johnson Shelter and My Aunt’s Place provide women and children with 24 hour support services in safety planning, counselling, and assistance in connecting to community resources and permanent housing.
Saskatchewan has the highest reported rate of domestic violence and intimate partner homicide of all Canadian provinces, and Saskatchewan’s rate of sexual assault is twice the national average.
The pledge-based walk attracts people from all walks of life, including Regina’s Police, Evan Bray.
All proceeds raised will directly benefit YWCA Regina violence prevention programs and services.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will take place on Thursday, September 14th, in downtown Regina at Regina city plaza.