December is here and that means… the weather is frigid. Ice puddles are forming. Snow is falling. Daylight hours are shorter. The holiday season is near. …and women all around the world are joining hands across borders and oceans by wearing dresses every day in December. But why?
Did you know that “there are nearly 30 million slaves in the world today—men, women and children forced to work and living in fear”? (according to IJM Website). That’s a hard thing to wrap your mind around and makes one think “but, what can I do?” That’s where Dressember comes in – as women join together as they wear a dress each day of December to celebrate women and defend their dignity worldwide. Together we can do more together than what one can do our their own — each one raising awareness and support for International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to bring rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and violent oppression.
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.
Dressember 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.
As some of who know me, know that I participated in this last year along with a group of friends as it was the first year that Dressember partnered with International Justice Mission and surpassed their first goal of $25,000 and reached $165,000 by December 31, 2014. Since last year, I have moved overseas to Moldova. I have learned a lot about this beautiful place I now call home and some shocking statistics. For example, “Moldova ranks number 6 in the world of countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery.” (The Global Slavery Index 2013, Walk Free Foundation)
And so, a team was created of local friends & faraway friends to join us in spreading awareness of Moldova and the issue of human trafficking for so many men, women, and children here and beyond.
You can support the work that International Justice Mission is doing and support our team, Nationala Moldovei through the dressember campaign as we all wear dresses during the frigid cold month of December.
This is bigger than wearing a dress every day in December. This is bigger than about how many dresses one has or what they are wearing. This is bigger than who gets to their team goal first or who raised the most money — it’s all a part of a bigger picture, where people come together to raise their voices and stand up and do what they can to make a difference for someone or many people they have never met – it’s about restoring dignity and advocating on behalf of those who are unable to. Dressember in December. Will you join us?
*Disclaimer: although we know that IJM doesn’t work in Moldova at this time, we still feel it is important to raise awareness and support on behalf of victims of human trafficking all over the world.