Politicians putting their foot down
PERTH IT is not often you see your local male politician in a pair of high-heeled shoes and while we may laugh, the message behind the exercise is a very serious one.
Members of parliament Toni Buti, Peter Tinley, Stephen Dawson and Roger Cook donned women’s shoes to raise money for the “Walk a mile in her shoes” campaign on May 17.
It is an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault, family and gender-based violence.
Willagee MP Peter Tinley said that while his colleagues joked he was wearing “the sensible shoes,” this was a way for men to take a stand against violence towards women.
“People would see these big beefy blokes with girl’s shoes on then think ‘hang on, if those blokes are into it there must be something in this’,” Mr Tinley said.
“It’s about men teaching their boys how to engage with women,” he said.
Armadale MP Toni Buti said the issue of family violence is at crisis point in our society and he considers it the most serious law and order issue in Australia.
“From 2010 to 2014 there has been a 76.9 per cent increase in family violence reports to police,” he said.