The annual Walk in Her Shoes march is set to take place at Camana Bay on March 8, hosted by the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre organization … and people can’t wait to go out and watch it.

There’s an old saying that goes: “You can’t really understand another person’s problems or experiences until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Well, this event asks men to literally do just that. In our deepest fantasies, we’ve all wanted to see a crowd of very respectable, grown men put on a brave front and a pair of women’s high heels in public as they attempt to stagger down the street.

Christmas has come early this year, when the dream becomes a reality along Market Street in Camana Bay. Many males will strap on their pumps and walk with pride to raise money and awareness for a great cause.

This will be the Crisis Centre’s third annual Walk in Her Shoes event, replicating the internationally acclaimed Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march that takes place across the United States every year. It’s not a task for the weak-footed to attempt to walk/run/stumble in a pair of high heels, but it is certainly fun, and encourages the community to talk about something that’s difficult to discuss: sexual violence and discrimination against women.

This event encourages entrants (men only) to obtain sponsorships from friends, family and businesses from $1 to $1,000 (or more) for the ‘honor’ of donning a pair of high heels in front of crowds of people. It is always great to see who the brave men are as they come out with their trousers rolled up and a beaming smile to support the cause. Don’t be surprised to see Marc Langevin, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, in some fetching strappy sandals.

In the last two years, the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre has raised upwards of approximately $100,000 through this initiative, and they’re hopeful that the turnout and support of the event will continue to increase. All proceeds go directly to the Centre, which uses them towards improving the lives of victims.

This very short walk can go a long way to changing the lives of women who have suffered from sexual violence and discrimination and to preventing such horrific acts from occurring again in the future.

March 8 is International Women’s Day and March is International Women’s Month.