Breaking the silence around violence

A LARGE crowd of Harcourts staff, family, friends and supporters have marched a mile in women’s shoes to show solidarity and bring attention to the issue of violence against women.

Harcouts Foundation’s Walk a Mile in Their Shoes raises awareness and much-needed funds to support White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women.

Now in its fifth year, Hobart was one of eight locations across Australia to host the event, which saw participants march from Collins Court in Collins Street, along Elizabeth Street to Salamanca Square.

With more than 600 people registered nationwide, the event raised more than $100,000 for the cause.

Harcourts International managing director Mike Green said violence against women was never a “private issue.”

“We held this event to help break the silence around violence, to raise awareness of the issue, as well as funds to support work to bring violence against women to an end,” he said.

“The women lost are not just statistics – they are wives, mothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends and colleagues.

“More importantly, they are people and the impact of the violence perpetrated against them is widespread and long-standing.

“We want people to know that violence against women is unacceptable, it is never the victim’s fault, help is always available and if you see something, then you should definitely say something.

“People need to know that they can make a difference, bringing an end to men’s violence against women will take a whole of community approach.”

For more information about Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, visit www.mycause.com.au/events/walkamileintheirshoes.

Caption: Participants walked a mile across Hobart in women’s shoes for the Harcourts Foundation Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event on 1 September.