Are you doing Dressember?
Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women. Dressember is 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. In its first year of fundraising (2013), Dressember had 1,233 registered participants in 32 countries across 6 continents who collectively raised over $165,000. 100% of the funds raised in 2013 went directly to International Justice Mission. (from dressemberfoundation.org) I am all over Dressember 2014!
I am honored to have been a participant in Dressember 2013 and being able through the small act of wearing a dress, the symbol of femininity, to support IJM and the amazing work they are doing to free people from the bonds of slavery. Guys, it was a tiny effort on my part:
I wore a dress everyday in December and posted a photo to my Instagram. A thousand women did this and were able to raise over $165k dollars. Dollars that went directly to freeing people from slavery. On average each person raised $130. Think what 10 thousand women could do? The answer is raise over 1 million dollars.
In 2013 alone, IJM assisted in bring 3,555 men, women, and children to safety. (ijm.org) This is serious business. From the sex trade, to factory labor, to child labor, those who would keep people in slavery are making huge profits and have the money to keep other humans in bondage. Those of us who would see freedom and justice reign may not have the funds or the ability to be on the front lines, but we have the ability to be a voice for those who have no voice. We have a network of influence that we can leverage to say “If you give a lot, we can help a lot.”
Let’s pool our resources, and make a true difference.
Here’s how you can get involved
1. Join the illistyle Team for Dressemeber – YOU wear the dresses, tell your friends and family, get sponsors, and become part of the movement. We will support, encourage, and cheer you on every step of the way – promoting you on our instagram, commenting on your photos and encouraging you to keep up the awesome work. Remember to use #illistyledressemeber and tag @illistyle! (To join, create your personal account and then choose “illistyle” from the team drop down selector – boom, you’re in!)
2. Sponsor someone – Team illistyle needs sponsors. We have a goal of raising $500 by the end of December. If you have the funds but not the ability to wear a dress every day in Decemeber, this option is for you! Give a little to help a lot. Every dollar represents a step toward freedom for a soul trapped in slavery.
3. Follow along on Instagram – maybe you cannot afford to help right now, that is ok! We need your moral support. Follow illistyle on Instagram and I will be showcasing the efforts of everyone on Team illistyle. We need your moral support through the holidays to complete our goal of wearing a dress everyday in December. Please join us as our cheerleaders! (#illistyledressember + @illistyle on Instagram)
* LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TELLING US HOW YOU ARE PARTICIPATING SO WE CAN SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER!*