Ladies footwear needed for men to ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’

Ladies footwear needed for men to ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'



Cardiff Council in partnership with Cadwyn Housing Association is appealing for donations of ladies shoes, sized eight and above.


This unusual request comes in preparation for the ‘Walk a Mile in Her shoes',an event which will see over 150 men come together and walk a mile wearing women's shoes to support the campaign against violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.


This event which is in its fourth year, will take place on Friday 20thOctober 2017 and will start at Cardiff Castle.


Organisers are appealing for women's footwear for participants ‘to squeeze their feet into' on the day, so if you have anyshoes in sizes eight or above that you no longer want, or if you are a retailer with generous women's footwear in stock that you could donate please come forward.


Drop off points will be situated in the foyers at the following buildings:



Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore said: "The Walk a Mile in Her Shoesis one of Cardiff's key events to promote our city's commitment to the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest global effort of men working to end male violence against women. "As a local authority we aim to raise awareness of violence against women, challenge attitudes and engage men in discussing these issues.


"Although there is an element of fun surrounding the event, the message is very clear. Indeed, the walk itself demonstrates a public and visible commitment that those taking part will not condone violence against women in any form.


"If anyone does have any women's footwear of any sort in size eight and above - not just high heels - please kindly donate them so that we can get as many men involved this year as we possibly can."


Chris O'Meara, Cadwyns' Chief Executive said: "This event started with fourteen men who worked for Cadwyn, walking down Newport Road in high heels and carrying a banner of support. It's fantastic to see how it's growing. However much women support this cause, men standing up to say that domestic violence is always wrong is always going to be a more powerful message. We are very keen to continue supporting this campaign."


Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport and Cardiff Council's Domestic Abuse Champion, Cllr Caro Wild said: "Cardiff is proud to have been awarded White Ribbon status in 2014, acknowledging the significant commitment and work that our staff do to end violence against women. This campaign aims to encourage a zero tolerance approach to domestic violence against women and as an ambassador I encourage people to wear the White Ribbon and pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

"The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event has grown from strength to strength over the last four years and I am hopeful that this year we will see even more men join in and support this integral campaign."


Walk a Mile in Her Shoesis part of the White Ribbon Campaign, the world's largest male led movement to end men's violence against women which sees supporters wearing white ribbons.

Every year in the UK more than one million women suffer domestic abuse and more than 360,000 are sexually assaulted. Although abuse against women is disproportionately higher, anyone can be affected by violence and abuse.


To be a part of theWalk a Mile in Her Shoesevent please register

For more information about the White Ribbon Campaign

Join the conversation#whiteribboncardiffvale


If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can seek help and support from the Live Fear Free helpline: 0808 80 10 800 (24hr free confidential helpline)


The last date for shoe-donations is 5pm on Wednesday 18thOctober. If you are unable to get to one of our drop-off points but would like to help please contact Ryan Parry on 029 2043 4473 or Nicola Jones on 029 2053 7009.