In the news: Zonta Club of Cradle-Coast highlights gender-based violence with shoe displays

The Zonta Club of Cradle-Coast, Australia, District 23, has put shoes and personal stories into more than 20 shops on the Coast as a way to bring awareness to gender-based violence.

Each shoe, which could be a high heel, flat, boot or sandal, had a survivor’s story with it.

“We should always challenge the ‘myth’ that the way a woman dresses somehow suggests ‘asking for it’ or ‘inviting’ discrimination, violence or abuse,” club secretary Karli Franks said.

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The displays are part of the Walk in My Shoes project, started by Zonta clubs in South Australia.

Women survivors of male violence wrote their stories, which were then published in a booklet.

“We hope these stories inspire those experiencing domestic violence or supporting someone who is, to seek help and support. Our aim is to raise awareness of the fact that abuse and violence can happen to anyone in our community; it doesn’t discriminate.”

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