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Stepping up for women worldwide: Eager supporters in Vancouver to show city cares for those held back by inequality

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Vancouver women are stepping up to raise critical funds and awareness for women and girls across the world.

With one month until International Women’s Day on March 8th, a group of local volunteers are busy preparing from the sixth annual CARE Walk In Her Shoes event, which will be held at Creekside Community Centre on Sunday, March 4.

The event will bring together over 500 women, men, students, and families from all walks of life to celebrate and walk in support of women and girls worldwide. A thousand students from schools across the Lower Mainland will also be Walking In Her Shoes, some in their own school communities and some at Creekside on March 4, to show their support for equality.

“The community spirit generated by Walk In Her Shoes is contagious,” says Barbara Ross-Denroche, chair of the Vancouver Council for CARE Canada, the group organizing the Walk. “Last year, we saw women, girls, men and boys, proudly walking together to show that Vancouver cares about those whose potential is held back by poverty and inequality.”

Women and girls in developing countries must walk an average of 10,000 steps every day to collect the basic essentials their families need to survive – water, food, and firewood. This leaves them little time to get an education or earn an income. CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes challenge asks Canadians to take 10,000 steps in solidarity with women worldwide and raise funds to help break the cycle of poverty.

CARE is an international humanitarian and development 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.

Part of a global effort

Participants in Vancouver will not be walking alone. They will be stepping up as part of CARE International’s #March4Women campaign, a global month-long effort to raise awareness of the struggles faced by women. By empowering women and girls, we empower their families and whole communities to step out of poverty.

On International Women’s Day and throughout the month of March, events and initiatives to celebrate and empower women are being held in more than a dozen countries across the world. This will include a major rally in London, England, along with events in CARE offices in Africa, Asia, Australia and the U.S.

In Canada, Walk In Her Shoes events will take place in Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Vancouver, and Ottawa. Canadians across the country are invited to sign up at www.walkinhershoes.ca and hold their own event.

“The past two years has seen a groundswell of support for women and girls. It’s critical that the momentum continues,” says Gillian Barth, president and CEO for CARE Canada. “We encourage all those who are part of this effort to join us and help raise critical funds for women and girls worldwide with CARE’s Walk In Her Shoes.”

To register as an individual or team, participants can visit: www.walkinhershoes.ca

Follow CARE Canada on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using @carecanada.

Highlight CARE’s Walk In Her Shoes with hashtags #WalkInHerShoes and #VancouverWalks.

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Local spokespeople are available to discuss the upcoming Walk In Her Shoes event and its impact locally and globally.

CARE also has humanitarian and development experts available for media to discuss CARE’s work across the world.

To arrange an interview, contact:

Christine Parsons
Regional Development Manager | CARE Canada
christine.parsons@care.ca | 604-369-4954

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | 613-228-5641