Let me begin by saying that I’m not that girl who just loves wearing dresses 24/7. I mean, I appreciate a pretty dress (especially if it’s also comfy and has pockets). But 24/7? That’s a lot of dresses!
A few years ago I started participating in an annual campaign called Dressember. The idea is that for the entire month of December, women like me wear dresses every day without exception for the purpose of raising awareness of human trafficking. The campaign encourages its advocates to embrace their femininity on behalf of those that are exploited for theirs. Brilliant, right? Anyone can wear a dress! Slogans like “A dress can change the world!” and “You can do anything in a dress!” inspired us to new levels of commitment to the campaign. (I even had a friend who ran a marathon in a running dress, because “You can do anything in a dress!”)
Last December I had an idea. Now don’t get me wrong, human trafficking is a terrible evil and it needs to be advocated against. But it’s a “trendy” cause, for lack of a better term. Thanks to movies like Taken, and campaigns like A21, International Justice Mission, and of course, Dressember, human trafficking is no longer the secret injustice it once was.
What many don’t realize is that women around the world are daily battling injustices that take many different forms. Additionally, there are multitudes of people who want to help but just don’t know how! Last December I had an idea to shed light on a few of those issues during the Dressember campaign, introducing vetted organizations fighting those injustices in the process. As the month progressed, I realized that thirty days is just too short a time to really dive into the depths of each of these issues…
… but a year might help.
What a crazy idea.
You’re reading the official “Launch Post” of my campaign, A Year of Dresses. So here are the details:
December 1, 2017- December 31, 2018, I will be running this campaign. Each month I will present a different topic to create awareness and introduce an organization that I have vetted through extensive research and, where possible, personal experience. My goal is to offer opportunities for you to engage in the fight against injustice by partnering strategically with organizations that do what they say they do, are financially transparent, and implement sustainable projects.
And of course, I’ll be wearing dresses. Every day. No exceptions. (Exercise? Dresses. Work? Dresses. Cleaning? Dresses. Snow skiing? Dresses.)
I currently have a platform of 1,559 Facebook friends, 498 Instagram followers, and 122 followers on Twitter. (Can you tell which social media platform I’m the most familiar with?) If people can share a meme thousands of times over social media, surely I can use my platform to advocate on behalf of women around the world.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey! You can subscribe to the blog via email, and follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for campaign updates!