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Men walk a mile in women's shoes in campaign launched to end violence against women

By Rose Kwamboka | Monday, Dec 12th 2016 at 16:10

No campaigns should have to be boring as this one from Uganda is enough proof.

One enlightening proverb dating back to the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans, warns: ‘don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes’, and I hasten to add ‘… that way, you are a mile away from them and have their shoes.’ The saying figuratively encourages one to look at the other person’s point of view before you judge them. That way, you will better understand where they are coming from.

However, Ugandan police took the saying quite literally and took to the streets in women’s high heels, in a campaign dubbed 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ that aims to fight against gender based violence. The men, comprising majorly Ugandan law enforcement irrespective of rank, walked 1.6km, which translates to a mile, through downtown Kampala, in protest of sexualized violence.

Banners in hand, they educated communities and raised money for chronically underfunded rape crisis centers, women's shelters and other sexual violence prevention and recovery services.

The campaign runs for 16 days and seeks to appreciate all women and girls in Uganda and has been started by the Ugandan Police.

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