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Women’s History Month: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Other Events Planned

By Noell Saunders

Old Dominion University's Women's Center is challenging men in the campus community to strut their stuff in a pair of heels and show support for ending sexual violence at the 10th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

The walk will be held Tuesday, March 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Kaufman Mall.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international initiative. It is being held in conjunction with Women's History Month for men to help raise awareness about the effects of sexualized violence against women.

"This is a solidarity walk that brings our campus together on an issue that affects thousands globally," said La Wanza Lett-Brewington, director of ODU's Women's Center.

Heels will be available for participants to borrow at ODU's Women's Center.

Other Women's History Month events:

March 24: Women's Self-Defense Workshop- Old Dominion University's Women's Center offers a self-defense class every month in collaboration with the Norfolk Karate Academy. Norfolk Karate Academy, on 45th Street, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

March 29: ODU Presents: Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls CODE- Kimberly Bryant is the founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color to the fields of technology and computer science with a concentration in entrepreneurial concepts. Since 2011, Bryant has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local organization in the San Francisco Bay area to an international organization with chapters across the United States and Johannesburg, South Africa, Ted Constant Convocation Center, 7 p.m.

April 2: Start Smart Workshop- The American Association of University Women Start Smart is specifically designed to teach jobseekers how to negotiate salaries for a new career. In every two-hour workshop, participants will gain confidence in their negotiation style through a facilitated discussion and role-play. Webb Center York/Portsmouth Rooms, 2 to 4 p.m.

April 3: Go Natural Day - This event is designed to encourage women and young girls to embrace their natural beauty. Participants are being asked to attend this event with no face makeup or hair products. Webb Center, South Mall A, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 5: Feminist Activist Fair- Various organizations will discuss their work and highlight resources they provide. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend to learn more about volunteer, internship and employment opportunities. Webb Center North Mall, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit the Women's Center website.

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