In 2013 and again in 2015, I lived in Uganda. I knew women’s rights were a question mark in a lot of the majority world, but I did not know to what extent until I lived overseas. While there, I met some of the most incredible, determined women I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. They had been handed life’s absolute worst, and they continued to make the most of it every day. I was utterly inspired.
I was also challenged. I knew injustice was real, and now I had seen it in the form it takes in Uganda. What did it look like in other parts of the world? What did it look like in my own backyard? Why do women face these horrific injustices? And what can I do about it?
I can tell others. And I can wear dresses.
For the next thirteen months, I will be wearing a dress every day as I advocate for women. (Why dresses? Learn more in my Launch Post here.)
I want to make a few things clear, if you’re going to join me on this journey:
- I believe in Jesus. I believe He is the one that will ultimately make everything right one day. I also believe that He has given us, His creation, key roles in setting the stage for Him to make everything right. This means that I don’t wait around for heaven to come one day. I will fight against injustice now.
- I do not believe the West is any better than the Majority World when it comes to injustices against women. I’ll unpack this more as we face each topic, but, from the beginning, I want to be clear. Women face injustice in the United States. Injustice looks different, but it’s still injustice. My goal for this campaign is that women would empathize, not pity. My goal is that women would encourage and empower other women.
- I believe that community is one of the keys. Learning of these injustices that other women face will stir something in your heart as a woman. It’s sisterhood. It’s unique to women that we feel what someone we’ve never met is feeling. This is our superhero gift! Advocate for the women you learn about. Tell your friends and family. Donate to the causes that are acting on their behalf. Speak up for others when you have the opportunity! I believe that in other parts of the world, women are learning about what you are facing and are advocating for you, too.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. I have to admit, I’m nervous, I’m excited, and I have no idea what to expect! But I know that it will be life-changing.
Here’s to the journey.