Wearing Dresses in December is Not Smart
Common sense, I know. Especially when you live in Buffalo, because it's cold and gross all the time.
But I've been wearing a dress every day in December for three years now. And while I hate wearing dresses in general (I'm not super girly, what can I say), I suffer through 31 straight days of dresses each year for one simple reason. I believe that every human deserves to live a life free from slavery.
I think the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by the United Nations, puts it best. Article 1 reads, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
The first line proves my point. Yet, I think the second line proves exactly why I am doing this. "A Spirit of Brotherhood" or sisterhood, both. There is not a single thing that makes me different or better than those trapped in modern-day slavery. We are all the same. We all deserve to be free. As long as I am free, and they are not, I will not stop fighting for them.
So, how do the dresses tie into this?
Dressember is a non-profit that works with grant partners to bring relief, restoration, and resources to victims around the world. It is our hope that through a growing, collaborative community of advocates, we will ultimately dismantle the human trafficking industry from every angle.
Each December, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world commit to wearing a dress or tie every day to raise awareness and funds to fight human trafficking.
But you've been doing this three years, what is different?
Year one, I simply did a typical Dressember. Nothing special.
Last year, I wore ONE black dress,
This year, I have chosen to purchase 7 ethical dresses. Dresses that were made by companies that pay their workers fair wages and are doing their part to fight injustice.
So far, I have worn dresses from the following organizations. Click the photo to learn more about the company and stay tuned for more!! All dresses were purchased on Black Friday weekend and prices are including shipping!
KOTN: only $30
Mata Traders: $48.25
If you'd like to support my mission to fight human trafficking, please go to http://dressember-2019.funraise.org/fundraiser/julia-rose