Male lawmakers in Canada on Thursday wore pink high heels to raise awareness about violence against women.
The legislators participated in the “Hope in Heels” event sponsored by Halton Women’s Place, a shelter in Ontario, to show their commitment to ending violence against women.
Omar Alghabra, Canadian transport minister, took to his Twitter page to share a video of lawmakers walking around a conference table in high heels, clapping and shaking their hips in a cringey conga line.
Violence against women is still prevalent in our society. Hope in Heels is an event that spreads awareness on violence against women while encouraging men and boys to be part of the solution. We wore their signature pink heels in support to this important cause. @HaltonWomensPl pic.twitter.com/5qngxQ6Myu
— Omar Alghabra (@OmarAlghabra) April 20, 2023
Alghabra said that violence against women is still prevalent in society and events like “Hope in High Heels” are essential to encourage men and boys to become part of the solution.
He added that they wore pink heels to show support for “this important cause”.
“Violence against women is still prevalent in our society,” he wrote.
“Hope in High Heels’ is an event that spreads awareness about violence against women while encouraging men and boys to be part of the solution.
“We wore their signature pink heels in support of this important cause.”
We welcomed @HaltonWomensPl to the Hill for the 4th annual Hope in High Heels on the Hill, to continue the conversation on systemic violence against women.
Educating men and boys is part of the solution, and it is all of our responsibilities to end gender based violence. pic.twitter.com/W1Y2daIhHP
— Karina Gould (@karinagould) April 20, 2023
On her part, Liberal MP Karina Gould, who also shared pictures of her male peers donning the hot pink heels, wrote: “Educating men and boys is part of the solution, and it is all of our responsibilities to end gender based violence.”
Pink is a stereotypical colour representing females.
Since the video went viral on social media, users have continued to register their different opinions, with some mocking the Canadian male parliament members for parading around in hot pink heels.