MEDIA ADVISORY: Ottawa to Walk In Her Shoes for Women Worldwide


Ahead of International Women’s Day, more than 300 Ottawa residents will gather on Tuesday, March 6 to walk in support of women and girls worldwide.

They will be walking as part of the second annual CARE Canada Walk In Her Shoes event, which kicks off from Parliament Hill, March 6. Participants will do a symbolic walk to City Hall in solidarity with women and girls in developing countries who walk far distances each day to collect the basics their families need to survive —water, food and firewood. Because of this, many impoverished women and girls have little time to get an education or earn an income.

Funds raised from Walk In Her Shoes will support CARE Canada, an international humanitarian and develoment organization committed to fighting poverty and social injustice. Active in more than 90 countries worldwide, CARE places a special focus on women and girls as it believes we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.

For their 2018 event, organizers will direct funds raised to support CARE’s efforts to improve nutrition and bring clean water closer to home to help women and children across Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia.

“As a mom, I believe that understanding others experiences strengthens connections. It is important to walk with women worldwide,” said Julie Findlay, volunteer organizer and founder of Ottawa-based Mom In the Know.

Special guests will include:

  • Students from Elmwood, Immaculta, De la Salle, Glebe Collegiate Institute, Brookfield and Ashbury schools
  • Trisha Owens from CTV Ottawa Morning Live
  • Catherine Clark, CARE Canada Board Member and Walk in Her Shoes Ottawa Committee Chair
  • Gillian Barth, CARE Canada President and CEO

Participants: Everyone is invited for this walk. Participants will include women, men, boys and girls. At least six schools across Ottawa are joining the CARE walk and are mobilizing their school communities to Walk In Her Shoes on March 6.

Photo/Video opportunities: An estimated 300 enthusiastic Ottawa residents are expected to gather with banners and signs in support of women and girls. They will be wearing orange and grey toques in support of CARE.

When: Tuesday, March 6. Event starts at 11:30am, speeches at 11:50am, walk kicks off at 12:00pm with a short symbolic walk to City Hall. Lunch and activities will all wrap up by 1:00pm.


  • Parliament Hill
  • Walk along Wellington Street to Elgin Street to Laurier Avenue in to City Hall.

Further details or to donate: To learn more or register, visit:


Student leaders, local volunteers and CARE spokespeople are available to discuss this event. Media are also encouraged to attend. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada | 613-228-5641