Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2017

March 27, 2017 at 11:41AM until June 20, 2017 at 11:35AM

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 

Every year, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks members of the community to step into high heels to raise awareness and funds to support YWCA Hamilton’s essential programs and services for women, girls, and their families. Join us in combating issues of homelessness, violence, poverty, and mental health.

Start recruiting your team of fundraisers today! Registration will be live in April!

Since its inception, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to support YWCA Hamilton’s essential programs and services for women, girls, and their families in need.

Did you Know?

  • Over 50% of Canadian women have experienced abuse or sexual violence, and thousands of children have been exposed to it.
  • YWCA Hamilton’s Family Access Centre, a critical safe space where court-ordered visitations and exchanges between children and their non-custodial parent or other family members can be facilitated free of conflict, violence, or pressure on children, has a wait list of 6-8 months, which is expected to increase.
  • Domestic violence remains the number one call for police service in Hamilton. On average Hamilton police respond to 20 domestic violence calls per day.
  • In any given month, over 400 women are being turned away from emergency shelters due to a lack of space.
  • The majority of women’s homelessness is invisible, meaning they live temporarily with others but without guarantee of continued residency or permanent housing.
  • Hamilton’s single women have the highest poverty rate amongst all Ontario cities.
  • Older women in Hamilton are two times more likely to live in poverty than older men.
  • Nearly 12% of households in Hamilton report food insecurity due to income, meaning uncertainty over whether they can put food on the table. 

    Rise up against violence, homelessness and poverty! Please join us by sponsoring, fundraising, and walking.