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Leith & North: Please email any news items to: news@leithandnorth.org.uk 104 pairs of shoes mark the 2 women who die every week in the UK through domestic violence The shoes donated by Ruth Stoddart, journalist, Lorraine Kelly, TV presenter and Elish Angiolini, Scotland's Solicitor GeneralEach week, two women in the UK are murdered by a partner or a former partner. YWCA Scotland worked with young women volunteers to develop a way of highlighting this and came up with the idea of using shoes to represent and bring to mind the 104 women who die.

The shoes from Shetland Women's Aid and Carol Smilie in front of the war memorial in South Leith Parish ChurchAssistant Minister Louise Duncan shows visitors round.The 104 Pairs of Shoes Campaign is a national awareness raising campaign on Men’s Violence Against Women. They invited well known Scottish Women to donate a pair of their shoes and a quote on why they supported the campaign, Shoes were donated by politicians, celebrities, writers, singers, actors, business women, sports personalities and ordinary women. What emerged was a moving and thought provoking exhibition.The exhibition was launched in November 2002 as part of the 16 days of activism for the elimination of violence against women.

The shoes of Edinburgh MSP Sarah Boyack Noteable Scottish women from many fields were represented, with MSP Sarah Boyack, Horse, Rhona Cameron, Nahid Aslam (Lochend YWCA,) and J.K. Rowling among those representing the East Coast. There were donations from Women's Aid groups from Scotland to the Borders. MSPs such as Margarent Curran and Wendy Alexander represented the world of politics; Horse and Annie Lennox the world of music; Michelle Mone (frequently seen on "The Apprentice: You're Fired!") for business, Elish Angiolini and Domestic Abuse Liaison Officer Fiona Winchester, for law, and Daniela Nardini, Siobhan Redmond, and Elaine C. Smith for the stage and screen.

Photo of Horse with her boots Each pair of shoes had a photo of the owner by it with a comment about violence against women and a comment about what the shoes meant to them. We couldn't help noticing that pain and discomfort caused by the shoes was a common theme.

South Leith Parish Church had the brilliant idea of bringing the event, which has toured some 50 venues throughout Scotland, to Leith as part of the Leith Festival. The shoes were spread throughout the church, which made a reflective and thought provoking setting. Seeing the shoes placed around the War Memorial, was especially moving.

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