IN PHOTOS: Dingdong Dantes walks in heels to promote Pinay power
MANILA, Philippines – What’s it like to be “in her shoes?” National Youth Commission Commissioner Dingdong Dantes showed us how as he walked the streets of Quezon City in heels on Friday, March 6, at 9am. (READ: Maria Ressa, Dingdong Dantes receive Freedom Flame award)
Dingdong posted a photo of him in his heels on Instagram, thanking wife Marian:
"Nagsuot ako ng heels bilang pagbigay pugay sa mga kababaihan sa buong mundo, lalo na sa buhay ko: ang aking Nanay, mga kapatid, at lalo na ang aking asawang si Marian.
(I wore heels as a way to honor the women of the world, especially the ones in my life: my mother, siblings, and especially my wife, Marian.)
#inHerShoes is the second year wherein the#nationalyouthcommission takes the lead in celebrating women power.
We support all moves to strengthen the implementation of the social protection of women specially in areas such as: safety in the workplace, and ensuring women leadership that is beyond cultural boundaries and religious norms.
Kaya ngayon na may asawa na ako, mas magandang maintindihan ko ang mga sacrifices that you have made, and will continue to do for me. (Now that I have a wife, it's better that I understand the sacrifices you have made and will continue to make for me.)
Salamat @therealmarian, ang aking sponsor, for these literally high heels. A snappy salute to all the women in the world! @nycpilipinas @angelinedantes@ayaaurelio @trinaquema @vickidantes#InHerShoes2 #respect," he wrote.
He was joined by National Youth Commission chairperson Gio Tingson, who also sported a pair of wedges as he walked.
“To walk in women’s shoes is a challenge for men to understand and reflect on the daily plight of women, rethink attitudes toward them and to realize the bias against women that is inherent in our culture, practices, and values,” said Tingson in a press release.
This event coincided with the commemoration of Women’s Month, which lasts for the whole of March.
“A man would truly understand a woman if he walked a mile in her shoes. Women wear many shoes in a society where inequality persists. Men are often not fully aware or they choose to ignore this incessant reality,” Cendana said.
“This shoe could be the shoes of a young girl from the barrio forced by her parents into servitude to pay for the debts of their family. It could be the shoes of a girl betrothed to marry against her will a man she barely knows because it was arranged by her parents,” he added.
Similar events were held in NCR, Visayas, Mindanao, and Northern Luzon on March 6.
“In Her Shoes” is a nationwide campaign that started in 2014, where male citizens and representatives from the different government agencies take on the challenge to wear women’s shoes to call attention to gender issues. – with reports from Jessa Polonio/Rappler.com