BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nevada — From a classic white heel to a pink stiletto, more than 200 employees from Barrick’s Cortez mine in Nevada wore high heels at work early last week to show their support for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign. The event is part of White Ribbon’s campaign to end gender-based violence against women.
"The Walk a Mile event is a very visual show of support," said Trevor Mayoh, Project Manager for White Ribbon, the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls. "This happens around the world and in a number of communities."
Since 2012, Barrick has been working with White Ribbon in a unique partnership to better understand and mitigate the root causes of gender-based violence.
Barrick, which is a partner with White Ribbon, has held the same event at its Turquoise Ridge mine, but it is the first time Cortez employees have donned the heels and walked the walk. A number of Cortez employees who donned heels at work strapped the heels on again over the weekend to participate in the Walk a Mile event, which took place August 22 in the nearby town of Battle Mountain.
"We had a couple of speakers and then walked," said Sarah Edgar, Cortez’s Environmental Coordinator. She also chairs the Lander County Committee Against Domestic Violence, the county in which Cortez is located. "We also had a pair of empty shoes to represent children the Committee has helped through the years."
White Ribbon’s Noah said he hopes the event helps men understand the positive role they can play in ending violence against women. "Of course, not every man is a perpetrator, but every man can be part of the solution," Noah said. "Violence hasn’t touched everyone’s life in the same way, but we need to understand it does affect our communities, our families and our lives, and we cannot remain silent. Once we recognize it is a challenge, we can find a better solution."
Starting in 1991, White Ribbon began asking men to wear white ribbons to pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Since then the White Ribbon campaign has spread to more than 60 countries. The organization’s aim is for every man to take a role in ending violence against women.
Since 2012, Barrick has been working with White Ribbon in a unique partnership to better understand and mitigate the root causes of gender-based violence. The partnership includes the implementation of gender-based violence prevention programming in several locations where Barrick operates, including Papua New Guinea, Zambia and Nevada.