Hope in High Heels gives men a chance to know what it feels like to walk in women’s shoes for a day to bring awareness to Halton Women’s Place (HWP). This year’s edition was held September 14, 2019. It marked a tenth year the event was held across Halton, and the fourth in Milton. The fundraiser was brought to Milton by Councillor Mike Clutt.
The route took started in the parking lot across from Troy’s Diner, and went along the north sidewalk along Main St. west to Martin, and back along the south side of the street. “This is an opportunity for Miltonians, men and boys to put on some heels to say that they are against violence against women and they want to make a change in this community,” Halton Women’s Place Communications Manager Carm Bozzo explained. The organization operates shelters in Burlington, and Milton
It drew men from all areas of life. Gord Currie was part of group from UNIFOR, the President of local 414. “The men need to be the ones to compromise,” Currie said. UNIFOR is a one of the largest private-sector unions in the country. “There is absolutely no place for violence against women and girls,” he added. The union raised $126,000 for the cause.
Detective- Sergeant Cyrus Irani works out of the Halton Regional Police Domestic Violence unit; this was his first time taking part. “It’s a fantastic way to bring awareness to it for people who might not know it, or see it in their day-to-day lives,” he said.
The Domestic Violence Investigation Unit (DVIU) is responsible for monitoring all incidents of Domestic Violence in Halton Region The walk serves a dual role for the organization “It’s a fundraising event, but most importantly an awareness campaign. This is a way for people to know about Halton Women’s Place, about our programs and services, and about the need,” Bozzo said.
To find out more about Halton Women’s Place visit their website at: www.haltonwomensplace.com