As a society we must foster unabated respect for women

Men WALK on Sept, 28th

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Suzy Godefroy is the marketing director for Godefroy Marketing Concepts & Design. She is a long time resident of Oakville, Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph.

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Halton Women’s Place is pleased to announce that the 5th annual Hope in High Heels event will be coming to downtown Oakville set for Sunday September 28, 2014.

Hope in High Heels will start at 10:00 a.m. at Centennial Square, outside the Central Library, where local dignitaries will greet the community. Guest appearances will include a number of Oakville celebrities, including musician Russ Little (Lighthouse, Blood Sweat and Tears.)

Oakville’s Hope in High Heels is organized by Halton Women’s Place and a number of local residents and business leaders in the Oakville community. It is a walk that allows men to take a stand against violence. Mayor Burton and a number of Oakville councillors have a lot to say about this walk and the importance of the Oakville community uniting together to say no to violence.

“As the Mayor of Oakville I am committed to ending violence against women and look forward to fully supporting Oakville’s Walk.” Said Mayor Rob Burton.

“Hope in High Heels is about men stopping violence against women and children and getting people to understand it’s not OK. Halton Women’s Place still needs ourcommunity support. And this change can happen with the support of men” said Councilor Tom Adams

Adams colleague Marc Grant also wanted to talk about this issue in our community. “It’s a tragedy that many women still live under the fear of abuse from those they once felt they could trust. As a participant in Hope in High Heels, I’m proud to take a positive step forward to ensure the safety of these women and their children in this community.”

Councillor Khan notes “I applaud the Hope in High Heel initiative in stopping domestic violence – but this simply is a starting point. We as a society must foster unabated respect for all women so that our daughters can actualize their full potential without being shackled by gender issues. Womens’ equality is not simply about women, but rather it defines who we are and what we stand for a society.”

“On behalf of the Halton Regional Police Services and the Domestic Violence Investigative Unit (DVIU), we look forward to participating in Hope in High Heels,” says Police Chief Stephen Tanner.

The Halton Regional Police Service DVIU promotes public awareness of domestic violence issues through various partnerships with community agencies located throughout Halton Region. These partnerships enable the DVIU to remain at the forefront of emerging issues and to take the necessary steps to ensure the Halton Regional Police Service remains an effective responder to domestic violence. Statistics tell us that that one in four women has experienced some form of domestic abuse and one in three has experienced sexual abuse.

Proceeds from Hope in High Heels – Oakville will go directly to Halton Women’s Place, which provides a safe haven, information and education to support a future without abuse for women and their children. It serves the Halton Region community (Burlington, Milton & Oakville) in Ontario, Canada.

So mark Sunday September 28, 2014, on your calendar and get ready to support your community and the many that plan to walk along Lakeshore for Oakville’s Hope in High Heels. Registration Fee is $30 per person (no tax-receipt) and includes the rally and post party. Tax receipts will be issued for all pledges over $20. To get involved and/or register for the walk please contact Carm Bozzo at cbozzo@haltonwomensplace.com.

Hope In High Heels – Oakville thanks Clarks Shoes, TD Canada Trust, The Works, and Cogeco for the generous support and sponsorship for this event.

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