I’d like to invite you to join something BIG
Something WORLD CHANGING
It’s December so it must be DRESSEMBER
A few weeks ago the #dressember hashtag started appearing in my social media feeds. I was curious and then excited by what I discovered.
Every day this month I will wear a dress.
Not because I love dresses but because I hate exploitation and slavery of people.
Over to the official Dressember explanation:
“DRESSEMBER IS A COLLABORATIVE MOVEMENT LEVERAGING FASHION AND CREATIVITY TO RESTORE DIGNITY TO ALL WOMEN.
Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women.
The Dressember Foundation exists to inspire and empower a global community of like-minded women who are locking arms to face one of the greatest injustices of our time.
THE HEART OF DRESSEMBER IS FREEDOM– THAT EVERY WOMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO LIVE A VIBRANT AND AUTONOMOUS LIFE.
What began in 2009 as a quirky style challenge with a clever name spread like wildfire. Dressember is a month of wearing dresses, but it is so much more. At its core, Dressember is an embracing of the inherent freedom and feminity of all women.
In 2013, Dressember took on new meaning: opposing the worldwide trafficking and exploitation of women. In its first year as a fundraising campaign, Dressember aligned with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. Those who participate in Dressember are supporting the abolition of modern day slavery. Beginning in 2015, the Dressember campaign will expand to partner with other anti-trafficking organisations.”
So are you in ?
Great ! Here’s what we are going to do.
Every day in December you wear a dress. If you are someone who wants to ask people to sponsor you to do so, then go for it. If not – don’t worry – you are still going to make a difference in the world. Every 5 days there will be an activist action to take. The schedule of actions is set out below:
Day 1 – Wear a dress . Bookmark the UK International Justice Mission website ( here’s the link to the US site too ) on your computer, phone, tablet. Share this page on social media. If you want to set up a fundraising page go here
Day 5- Watch / listen to the TEd talk given by the founder of #Dressember Tell a friend what you are doing and why.
Day 15 – Take on an advocacy action . Click on this link and choose one of the actions – write a letter, sign a petition.
Day 20 – Give a donation if you can to IJM . Click here to find out how to give. Share with a friend or on social media the reasons you are taking part in #Dressember. Tweet or IG a photo with the hashtag #Dressember
Day 25 – Happy Christmas !
Day 26– We’re into the last five days ! Find out about fair trade fashion here and consider your clothes buying habits.
We can make a difference. So do it. This is not a hard thing, but it is an important thing.