For five years, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has been bringing awareness to the old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”
Each spring, UW Oshkosh hosts a local international men’s march event—called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes— to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Faculty, staff, students and community members don high-heeled shoes to show support. The event is a playful opportunity for men and other participants to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remedies to men’s sexualized violence against women.
“The heels symbolize that no matter what a person is wearing, nobody should be a victim of sexual or gender-based violence,” said Alicia Johnson, Women’s Center director at UW Oshkosh. “We’re thankful for people of all genders who participate in the event and continue building a collective anti-violence movement on this campus and in our community.”