Gender violence & sexual assault awareness walk to begin Women’s Week

SIERRA MURPHY/THE ARKA TECH Participants in last year's event
SIERRA MURPHY/THE ARKA TECH Participants in last year’s event

Male students will be walking a mile in red heels on Monday to help kick off Women’s Week.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is part of the Women’s Week event lineup organized by the Student Activities Board (SAB) and is scheduled for Monday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at the Hindsman Bell Tower.

This is the third time the event will be held by the SAB and is an opportunity for male students to raise awareness about the effects of gender violence and sexual assault against females. Female students can show up to support their male peers.

According to the SAB’s website, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is the primary event of Women’s Week, which is scheduled from Monday, March 7 to Saturday, March 12. There will be several other events that are related to the same theme.

“I think this event makes such a huge impact on our campus,” said Jaylissa Hampton, senior theater major from Little Rock, who also in charge of engaging issues of the SAB. “Everyone and every organization tries to get involved. That shows we are all on one page, and we all can stand together and make a change.”

The event will also be an On Track event, which is an opportunity for students take part in an all-expenses-paid trip after completing certain curriculum, according to the Department of Campus Life. Following the completion of the last event in their chosen track, students apply for the trip.

In addition to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”, there will be two other events held on Monday, March 7.

Willpower Method, which a Campus Life flyer describes as a session of willpower and grace to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit, will be held from 6-7 in the Hull Dance Studio. Participants will be led through a blend of cardio-sculpt, boot camp, yoga, Pilates, and meditation.

Masculinity Jeopardy, which is a jeopardy game that discusses men’s sexual health, masculinity, gender myths and gender identity will begin at 7 p.m. at Baz-Tech.

Sign-ups have already ended for the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” but Jenny Butler, assistant director of campus life, said participants can still show up the day of. There is no guarantee that extra high heels will be available, though.