WALK A MILE IN THEIR SHOES
Every June, YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley hosts Walk a Mile in Their Shoes – a light-hearted event to raise awareness about a serious issue, sexual assault and domestic violence. Funds raised through this event provide critical and life-saving support services to survivors. Men, women and children from all walks of life, including business leaders, elected officials, professionals, educators and students join together and walk a mile to demonstrate their support for YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley’s important work and commitment to ending violence.
YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley is on a mission to end violence in all of its forms. “Ending violence against women” means ending violence against all individuals who identify as women; regardless of the sex they were assigned at birth.
This includes violence against women who may identify as transgender. Transgender women also encounter bias and violence perpetrated against women. Often times they experience ‘extra’ bias and violence due to their transgender identity. Additionally, non-binary and genderqueer folks are vulnerable to “violence against women” due to their identity posing a threat to the patriarchal structure of a binary gender system.