347327;--fp344>nu=3253>-73>7;9>WSNRCG=3233747257684nu0mrjCOLLATERAL EXPERIENCES

You can add to the experience and impact of a Walk Event by including collateral experiences such as those described below. These experiences can stand alongside other information provided during your Walk Event or along the Walk route for Walkers to wander through and explore while wearing Walk Shoes.

Silent Witness National Initiative


In 1990, an ad hoc group of women artists and writers, upset about the growing number of women in Minnesota being murdered by their partners or acquaintances, joined together with several other women's organizations to form Arts Action Against Domestic Violence. They felt an urgency to do something that would speak out against the escalating domestic violence in their state, something that would commemorate the lives of the 26 women whose lives had been lost in 1990 as a result of domestic violence. After much brainstorming, they decided to create 26 free-standing, life-sized red wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children--whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, partner, or acquaintance. A twenty-seventh figure was added to represent those uncounted women whose murders went unsolved or were erroneously ruled accidental. The organizers called the figures the Silent Witnesses. 347327;--fp342>nu=3253>-73>7;9>WSNRCG=32337472977-5nu0mrj

These figures standing at your Walk Event can add impact by highlighting specific or anonymous women. The figures can stand around your event or they can line the Walk route for Walkers to hobble through Download more information here. Buy Silent Witness supplies for your Walk in our Store.

Clothesline Project


One of the women, visual artist Rachel Carey-Harper, moved by the power of the AIDS quilt, presented the concept of using shirts - hanging on a clothesline - as the vehicle for raising awareness about this issue. The idea of using a clothesline was a natural. Doing the laundry was always considered women's work and in the days of close-knit neighborhoods women often exchanged information over backyard fences while hanging their clothes out to dry. IMG_0705

The concept was simple - let each woman tell her story in her own unique way, using words and/or artwork to decorate her shirt. Once finished, she would then hang her shirt on the clothesline. This very action serves many purposes. It acts as an educational tool for those who come to view the Clothesline; it becomes a healing tool for anyone who make a shirt - by hanging the shirt on the line, sirvivors, friends and family can literally turn their back on some of that pain of their experience and walk away; finally it allows those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone.

October of 1990 saw the original Clothesline Project with 31 shirts displayed on a village green in Hyannis, Massachusetts as part of an annual "Take Back the Night" March and Rally. Throughout the day, women came forward to create shirts and the line kept growing

At the moment The Clothesline Project estimates there are 500 projects nationally and internationally with an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 shirts. Your organization can create t-shirts for a Clothesline Project at a separate event, your can obtain t-shirts already made from a local Clothesline Project.

Names & Shoes of Victims/Survivors

The Walk Organizers for the Springville 2007 Walk lined the Walk route with the shoes of victims/survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence along with a placard that identified the person.


Other Ideas

If you have other ideas that could be included in a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event, please contact us so we can include them here.

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