Advancing Together With Barrick Gold

People Turquoise Ridge employees strap on heels to raise awareness about gender-based violence

For the second straight year, employees from Barrick’s Turquoise Ridge mine shed their steel toes for stilettos to support ending violence against women. The Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event, held May 15 in Winnemucca, Nevada, was organized by White Ribbon, the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls. Barrick is in the midst of a four-year partnership with White Ribbon to implement gender-based violence prevention programming in several locations where the company operates, including Nevada, Papua New Guinea and Zambia.

About 50 Turquoise Ridge employees, many of them burly men with thick moustaches, walked unsteadily through downtown Winnemucca to express their solidarity with women. The event began with a special breakfast and a talk from the mine’s Environmental Superintendent Julio Sandoval. “Every one of our tough, hardworking miners realize the importance that this cause represents for our town, our family and our friends,” Sandoval said. “So again this year several of our miners - men and women - are joining all of you great citizens and proudly - albeit wobbly - walking along the most visible parts of Winnemucca in high heels to show this community we are willing to walk a mile in her shoes to make this town even better by eliminating domestic violence.”