Step in the right direction

Sandy Taylor, Kevin Challen, Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt and South Fremantle Football Club captain Ryan Cook. Picture: Elle Borgwardwww.communitypix.com.au d419345
Sandy Taylor, Kevin Challen, Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt and South Fremantle Football Club captain Ryan Cook. Picture: Elle Borgwardwww.communitypix.com.au d419345

But like most of us, she is also concerned about the prevalence of gender violence in the community and in true shoe-lover style, has managed to incorporate women’s footwear into an event designed to stamp out the crime.

The interesting twist is that men are being recruited to wear a pair of red heels as part of Perth’s inaugural Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march, an international White Ribbon event to stop gender violence.

According to the World Health Organisation, 30 per cent of women worldwide are affected by intimate partner violence and it is the most common type of violence against women.

Ms Taylor said a combination of things motivated her to stage the event, including the horrific murder of 11-year-old Luke Batty by his father at a Victorian cricket ground in February and Simon Gittany being found guilty of throwing his fiance off the balcony of their Sydney apartment.

‘I shared some online photos of men wearing red shoes in the Toronto Walk a Mile march on my business Easoto’s page and it created some discussion and grew from there,’ she said.

Victoria Park MLA and White Ribbon ambassador Ben Wyatt said domestic violence was insidious and vicious, and it was important to remember victims were also children who witnessed domestic violence.