Thursday, January 24, 2013

One Billion Rising!

We know you care deeply about protecting the rights of vulnerable people. The international news has been rife with heart-wrenching stories of women and girls brutally violated, leaving us stupefied with shock and grief.

In the United States, the Violence Against Women Act died in the House from indifference. The climate and conditions that lead to this were not an accident.

During this past presidential election cycle, the national conversation was lead by comments which mockingly highlighted the degree and severity of violence against the vulnerable. A number of uninformed and stunted remarks by elected US officials made national headlines:

  • Todd Akin Rep. Missouri: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down” - mid 2012 Senate Campaign
  • Roger Rivard Rep. Wisconsin: ‘some girls rape so easy.’-October 2012
  • Rick Santorum (retired) Rep. Pennsylvania: while on the campaign trail for the presidency 2012: “I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you… rape victims should make the best of a bad situation.” - January, 2012

Unbelievable. Even after these callous remarks, each ran active, well funded campaigns. Everyday Americans cast votes for them to be their representatives in office. We cannot accept this as “normal” in our culture. Now is the time to raise awareness and build compassionate community around protecting those most at risk. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® initiative was designed to foster and support that process.

Since 2001, The Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® initiative has educated individuals and communities about the causes of sexualized violence, provided prevention and remediation strategies, and empowered the further development and implementation of interpersonal and political knowledge and skills. Most importantly, we provide a platform for you to raise much needed dollars to help women and children in direct need, as well as to further conversations about solutions and partnerships which strengthen community.

The broad appeal of the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® initiative continues to grow each year. From an initial group of a hundred men tottering around a park in Reseda California, to thousands more marching together in communities around the world raising awareness for the cause of ending gender violence.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® invites you to join with us. Step by step hosting instructions can be found on ourwebsite. There are many ways to sponsor a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event in your community, or to partner with an existing Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event. Consider being a part of a “sister cities” project which would grow the circle of concern and support ever wider.

Let’s protect women and children and prevent gender violence in all walks of life everywhere.

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