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Men to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A group of men are set to totter down Paisley High Street wearing red high-heeled shoes – in an eye-catching bid to raise awareness of sexual violence.

The men’s march to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will take place for the first time on Wednesday 10 December at 2pm.

Starting from New Street, the men will take it one step at a time down the High Street towards Dunn Square, where a wreath will be laid at the memorial tree to women who suffer or tragically been killed due to violence.

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The march marks the end of Renfrewshire’s 16 Days of Action, a local version of the UN’s international campaign to end violence against women.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a great way for men to understand more about women’s experiences and how they can support women. It’s a lighthearted way to raise awareness of serious issues and we hope that people will come along to support this worthy cause.

“The events for the 16 Days of Action so far have had a great turnout and atmosphere and this march will be a fitting end to our campaign in Renfrewshire.”

Anyone who wants to take part should register their interest by email to chiefexec@renfrewshire.gov.uk or by telephone on 0141 618 7404.

Help and advice for victims of rape and sexual abuse is available from Rape Crisis Scotland, daily 6pm to midnight, on 08088 01 03 02.

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Hundreds turnout to support Renfrewshire’s first Reclaim the Night Procession

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hundreds of Renfrewshire residents turned out to a special procession and echo the international call to end to violence against women.

The Reclaim the Night procession in Paisley prompted a huge turn out as local people showed their support for the cause. The procession launched Renfrewshire’s 16 Days of Action, a local version of the UN’s international campaign.

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Men and women joined the procession, led by Tony Lawler, who bangs the Charleston Drum each year for the Sma’ Shot parade, as they marched from West College Scotland to Paisley Town Hall, where attendees were invited in for an evening of entertainment.

At the town hall, Rosie Kane gave a powerful talk on why society needs to break the silence on violence against women. Local community groups also provided music and entertainment.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “It’s great to see so many people coming along to support such an important cause.

“There was a great atmosphere throughout the procession and the high turnout shows that the people of Renfrewshire are dedicated to raising awareness of violence against women.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who also attended the procession, said: “It was inspiring to see so many people brave the cold and rain to show their support for ending violence against women. Domestic violence can happen to anyone and it’s important to break the stigma and encourage victims to speak out.

“There is always support available and no-one should suffer in silence. Groups like Renfrewshire Womens Aid and Renfrewshire Rising do great work and it is important to continue to support them.”

Anyone suffering from domestic violence can get help via two national helplines, which are available 24/7 and are free to call from a landline.

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 027 1234

Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 0808 800 0024

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