By Freddie Lazaro
LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte – The provincial government of Ilocos Norte will mark the start of Women’s Month on March 2 with a parade of the capitol’s male employees wearing high-heeled shoes, according to Janet London, the provincial population program officer.
London said the men in high-heeled shoes will participate in the parade “Taray Sapatos de Takong”, which will commence at 6 p.m. on J.P. Rizal Street, and end in front of the provincial capitol.
“A parade of men in high heels will bring twist and fun on the celebration of International Women’s Month this March to campaign for gender sensitivity and women empowerment in the province of Ilocos Norte,” she said.
On March 18, the main highlight of the celebration will be the mardi gras-themed “Kinni–kinni” (swaying hips) Parade which will be participated in by the different local government units.
“To bring twist in our celebration, our muses for this year’s “Kinni-kinni” Parade will be straight men who are 25 years old and above. Participants are expected to wear at least two inches high heels except for wedge,” London said.
According to London, the celebration will underscore the importance of gender sensitivity along with the promotion of women’s rights and welfare.
“Our focus this year is gender sensitivity. We aim to sensitize men. At least if men wear heels, they will understand the plight of women every time they wear these types of footwear. Aside from that, they will be aware of the responsibilities of women, including our domestic role.”
“For a change, men will experience the struggle and excitement in wearing heels,” she continued.
The contested categories for the “Kinni–kinni” Parade will be the “Best Kinni–kinni Group,” the “Kinni–kinni Queen,” and the “Best Buntis.”