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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 6, 2007    #141
Contact: Angela Turner
816-235-1592

Men march in high heels for awareness

On Tuesday, Sept, 4, 2007, men from all walks of life will walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes through the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Volker campus to protest rape, sexual assault and gender violence. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is sponsored by the UMKC Women’s Center and by student organization Men Against Violence.

Pellom McDaniels, assistant professor of history and American studies at UMKC, and Beth Savitzky, outreach and education coordinator for the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, will address participants at a post-march rally. Male community members and leaders will proclaim their solidarity with the rape prevention movement by marching in high heels as women and children march at their side. Educators, students, law enforcement officers, elected and appointed officials and others are expected to participate.

The march is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Registration starts at 10 a.m. at the UMKC Women’s Center, located at 105 Haag Hall, 5100 Rockhill Rd. Men, women and children are invited to participate. Men are encouraged (but not required) to walk in women’s shoes. High heels sized 11 – 16 in women’s are available to those who do not bring their own. Participants are encouraged to provide their own heels, as the on-hand supply is limited. Light refreshments will be served during the post-march rally, which will emphasize how men can end violence against women.

The mission of the Women’s Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is to advocate, educate and provide support services for the achievement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large. Men Against Violence is a UMKC student organization comprised of quality men who are dedicated to stopping violence in our schools and communities.

For more information please contact the UMKC Women’s Center at 816–235–1638. For information regarding the international “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” campaign, refer to www.walkamileinhershoes.org.

 

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