Dressember: Dresses for Human Trafficking Awareness

“Can a dress change the world?

Our answer: Yes.

“The dress is our uniform, the flag of our movement. Dressember is an opportunity to reclaim and reappropriate the dress as a symbol of freedom and power; a flag for the inherent dignity of all people.”

In 2005, when Dressember founder Blythe Hill became aware of human trafficking, she claimed to have felt helpless when her profession didn’t relate socially, economically or legally to any solution to the problem. It wasn’t until years later that she came up with the idea for Dressember, as a fundraiser. In 2015 alone, approximately 4,600 women raised almost a million dollars, after having only been a running organization for 2 years. Dressember is a month-long cause that encourages people everywhere to wear dresses for the entirety of December in order to raise awareness about human trafficking and “reclaim” the significance of the dress. Similar to no shave November, Dressember is a symbolic cause that advocates their cause through the participant’s awareness, as well as a fundraising campaign.

What would participating in Dressember involve?

As described on dressember.org, participating would include 4 steps:

1. Commit to wearing a dress (or tie) everyday of december

2. Create your fundraising page

3. Set your goal

4. Change the world

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How do I create a fundraising page?

When on the website, select be an advocate. After filling out your account info, create a statement for your fundrasing page and get going! In preparation for writing this article, I myself created a page to ensure that it was simple enough and reassuare anyone who might consider creaing a page! It took 2 minutes!

Is Dressember really a trustworthy cause to donate to or raise money for?

Through exploring the dressember organization’s offical website, one can see that providing doners with assurance of their morality and keeping those people’s trust is very valuable to the organization. As the organization was inspired by Blythe’s feeling of hopelessness about her perceived inability to combat human trafficking, the website reassures its participants on multiple occasions that their money is going towards the cause they intended. For example, their 2016 annual report includes a complete list of grants awarded as well as partners, such as International Justice Mission (the worlds largest anti-trafficking organization) and A21. On this page you can see charts and statistics of the money they’ve donated and to where, how much total money they’ve raised, and especially information about their “Dress Collection”, a dress line made by sex-trafficking surviors. Please read more here. 

Dressember is a lovely organization with an even greater cause. With such a noble goal, would you consider wearing a dress everyday of December?

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