‘#MCInHerShoes is an amaz­ing cam­paign. These celebrity men we all know so well pos­ing in heels to take a stand against gen­der-based vi­o­lence is one more step to­wards a bet­ter fu­ture for our young girls grow­ing up, giv­ing them, and all women, hope that the

ASH­LEY WALKER pro­mo­tions de­signer

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - Compiled by SARAH KOOP­MAN Pho­to­graphs STEVE TANCHEL @iamSivN

WHETHER YOU FIND your­self glanc­ing over your shoul­der when walk­ing alone, or fac­ing sex­ist com­ments from men who may not even be aware of their chau­vin­ism, be­ing a woman in South Africa of­ten comes with the weight of a de­fen­sive po­si­tion. But just look­ing at the num­bers, the place this de­fence is most needed is in our own homes. Ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil’s Gen­der and Health Re­search Unit, roughly 60% of women killed in South Africa died at the hands of an in­ti­mate part­ner. De­fined by the UN Dec­la­ra­tion on the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence against Women as any ‘phys­i­cal, sex­ual or emo­tional harm or suf­fer­ing to women’, gen­der-based vi­o­lence goes deeper than rape or femi­cide and in­cludes the un­com­fort­able feel­ing you are left with af­ter un­wel­come ad­vances from men who just won’t hear ‘no’.

To hon­our women’s month, we in­vited 18 lo­cal celebri­ties to walk in our shoes – lit­er­ally. As they learned to bal­ance and strike a pose through their discomfort, the shoes be­came a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a woman. And with each (some­times painful) step, the men found a new un­der­stand­ing, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and em­pa­thy for women. The #MCInHerShoes cam­paign en­cour­ages us all to stop and re­mem­ber our role in bring­ing an end to gen­der-based vi­o­lence in South Africa. To stand up for our­selves and oth­ers in the face of it, and to bring at­ten­tion to those in need when we see them.

Siv Ngesi

AC­TOR AND CO­ME­DIAN ‘This cam­paign is in­spir­ing.

I want to tell other men, enough with this non­sense.

We have to take a stand’

@Janez_Ver­meiren ‘My mes­sage to all men in South Africa is that it is time to man up. Vi­o­lence against women is to­tally

un­ac­cept­able’

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Janez Ver­meiren

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