On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Westmoreland County’s ninth
annual WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® event, the International Men’s March to End
Sexual Assault, Rape and Gender Violence will kick off at St. Clair Park in
downtown Greensburg. Men and women,
families, community leaders, professionals, survivors, students, and residents
from across Westmoreland County will walk one mile to raise awareness about the
incidence of domestic and sexual violence.
Men are invited to walk in women’s high-heeled shoes as they join their
voices with women in speaking out against the social norms and attitudes that
perpetuate domestic and sexual violence. Last year, over 1,100 participants including nearly 400 brave men in
heels, turned out to make the eighth Walk a huge success.
Organized for Westmoreland County by Blackburn Center, this
visually riveting event is a unique and powerful experience, and supports the
agency’s call to action in the community to end domestic and sexual
members and leaders will proclaim their solidarity with the movement to end
gender-based violence by walking one mile in women’s shoes, with women and
children walking at their sides. Men who
choose to wear their own shoes are welcome as well!
The Walk is scheduled to begin on April 13, 2019 at 10:00
AM, with registration beginning at 9:00 AM at St. Clair Park in downtown
Greensburg. Walkers are encouraged to
find approved parking on E. Pittsburgh Street, South Urania Avenue or in the
lots located on South Maple Avenue.
Contact Blackburn Center through their website to
pre-register (www.blackburncenter.org) or you may call 724-837-9540, X 144 or
go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blackburn-center-walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes-2019-tickets-54530063889?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse. Women’s high-heeled shoes will be loaned to
male walkers, who are encouraged to register by April 1 to insure proper sizes
are available. In addition, walk-on
registrants are welcome (though event planners cannot guarantee shoe
availability). T-shirts will be
available on a first come, first serve basis.
Inspired by the saying, “You can’t understand another
person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” men will
literally walk the talk on April 13. While the event promises to be fun, it is also an important opportunity
for the community to commit to action to end gender-based violence.