September 19th, from 11- 2 will open your eyes about domestic violence. Walk a Mile in her shoes is THAT event. The message?
"Help women and their children take steps to walk away from family violence"
In partnership with the YWCA Calgary, we put together a series of ‘training videos’ of teams and individuals who’ve devoted their fundraising efforts for this cause. Yes, they are somewhat tongue & cheek but an attention-grabber for a worthy effort. This is one of 5 videos you’ll see over the next couple weeks. In this first one, District Managers at Shoppers Drug Mart converged to help spread the word. Everyone was so willing to step outside the box to do ANYTHING, including walk in high-heels with their pant-legs rolled up.
Other soon-to-be-released videos are set in City Parks (Stanley Park) and on bridges (Peace Bridge). When you see these videos, please share with your followers so that they may want to register, fundraise or donate.
Here’s a few facts to consider:
YW Calgary operates the YW Sheriff King Home emergency shelter, which offers safe, temporary housing and support for women and their children fleeing family violence and abuse in Calgary.
In 2016, the YW Calgary supported more than 6,800 individuals, including 419 women and children who spent at least one night at YW Sheriff King Home and more than 1,800 women, children, and men with counseling and personal development programs.
In 2016, Calgary Police Service noted a 36 per cent increase over the five year average in domestic violence calls. That’s more than 3,709 calls in one year.
Women experience many barriers when fleeing an abusive partner, such as fear for their safety and safety of their children and pets, shame, lack of support, homelessness and financial instability.
Family violence and abuse against women is a form of gender oppression related to culture, social political and economic factors. It affects women of all ages, races, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations and educational backgrounds.
Family violence and abuse against women is the main pathway into homelessness for women and their children.