Yourself in Her Shoes
are being asked to put on high heels and “walk a mile in her shoes”
in a campaign against violence to women. The White Ribbon
Campaign UK is part of an international effort to challenge the
acceptance of male violence towards women and girls.
To support the campaign, men are being asked to wear women’s high
heeled shoes and “walk a mile in her shoes” in a sponsored event in
Liverpool ONE on Thursday, 25 November 2010, the International Day for
the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The walk will
end at the Bluecoat where Speke Garston Domestic Violence Project (SGDVP)
will be holding their ‘Bed-in’ to mark the anniversaries of John
Lennon’s birthday and assassination with a recreation of John and
Yoko’s famous 1969 peace protest. The volunteer walkers will be
pledging their support by signing a bed sheet to endorse men’s stand
against male violence towards women.
“This event is a thought-provoking way of drawing attention to
the issue of violence against women.
We would hope that there are many men who are prepared to show
their support for this vital campaign and say that violence against
women is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”
said Councillor Ann O’Byrne, city council cabinet member for
Angela Clarke from Speke Garston Domestic Violence Project said:-
”SGDVP is taking part in the Bluecoat “Bed-in” to raise awareness
of domestic violence and has linked it to the ‘White Ribbon
Campaign’ which starts on 25 November, International End Violence
Against Women Day, with the aim of highlighting issues of violence
against women. We are asking all those who visit our “Bed-In” on the
day to sign their names on a double bed sheet to show their support
for the campaign”
The White Ribbon Campaign is part of an international effort to
challenge the acceptance of male violence towards women and girls.
Men are asked to wear a white ribbon to symbolise their commitment
not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against
Locally a White Ribbon Steering Group has been active since 2005 and
is made up of statutory and voluntary organisations including
Citysafe to promote the campaign.
Sandy Bowden, chair of the Group, said:- “Liverpool has always
been amazing in showing its support for the White Ribbon Campaign
and this event has been no different. I have been astounded by the
amount of men from all walks of life who are willing to don a pair
of high heels and totter around the streets of Liverpool to show
their commitment to ending male violence towards women."
Other events for this year’s campaign include a Charity Ball and a
football tournament sponsored by Riverside Housing which will be
held on 17 November 2010.
Men who want to take part in the “walk a mile in her shoes “ event
should contact Sandy or Jayne on
High heel shoes size 8 plus have been hard to come by so anyone who
can donate a larger shoe size please contact Jayne McPartland by
Friday, 19 November 2010.
Artists Called to Spotlight Liverpool Greats
MERSEYSIDE'S artists are being
invited to illuminate Liverpool and St. Helens City Centres with a
unique trail of original art inspired by great people from their
past and present. As part of the forthcoming Liverpool
Discovers: A Winter’s Trail public art event in February, the ‘Spotlight a Liverpool Great’ programme will consist of over 30
works of art adorning lampposts as a highlight of the trail.
From Monday, 15 November 2010, local artist will be invited to submit
their designs via a
downloadable template from. Artists are
encouraged to look into the lesser known, but significant figures
associated with Liverpool and St. Helens and can draw inspiration
from the fascinating facts submitted in the public consultation,
viewable on the website.
The list of famous and not-so-famous people artist may choose to
portray is vast and could include anyone from William Gladstone,
Britain’s longest serving Prime Minister and George Stephenson
inventor of ‘The Rocket’ to Kim Cattrall and Harry Potter Director
David Yates. The deadline for submissions will be Monday 29
Liverpool Discovers is a pioneering public art event which will
highlight interesting, quirky and little-known facts about Liverpool
as part of a fun trail of 10 unique art installations. Using
Liverpool’s first hand-drawn illustrative map as a guide, visitors
and residents will become explorers, discovering as they go
countless fascinating facts about the city as they weave their way
around the Trail. St.Helens and Wirral will also have their very own
trails of discovery focussing on greater Merseyside’s contributions
to world history.
The ‘Spotlight’ programme is sponsored by City Central BID ensuring
the artwork will be seen in one of the major thoroughfares of the
Ged Gibbons, Chief Executive of City Central BID, said:- ‘’Spotlight
a Liverpool Great is a fantastic idea and we’re delighted to be
supporting a project that will inject a much needed blast of fun and
colour into the city centre once the Christmas festivities are over.
With so many fabulous characters to chose from it will certainly get
people talking and with Whitechapel’s historic links it’ll be the
perfect place to host these giants of our past.’’
The award-winning Wild in Art will be producing Liverpool Discovers
following their phenomenal Go Superlambananas and Go Penguins events
in partnership with Liverpool Lantern Company, recently wowing over
30,000 people with their Halloween Lantern Parade.
Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art said:- “The
considerable talent of the region’s artists has made our events
something very special and we are delighted to offer them another
canvas on which to showcase their work, while giving visitors an
opportunity to learn about and enjoy Liverpool’s most interesting
Councillor Wendy Simon, the city’s cabinet member for Culture and
Tourism, added:- “Liverpool has a rich and diverse history
which we want to showcase through this unique art programme. It will
showcase some of the lesser known facts about what makes Liverpool
the wonderful place it is. We have a wealth of artistic talent on
Merseyside and I can’t wait to see how they bring some of the
stories to life and turn them into a trail which is both fun and