December 1st is just 2 days away, which means I’m getting ready for Dressember. What is Dressember? Every day during the month of December I’ll be wearing a dress, along with women across the globe, to raise awareness about human trafficking and modern slavery. The movement began a few years ago when a group of women realized they could use fashion (and dresses) to give a voice to a cause they are passionate about. It is now a worldwide movement that occurs each December. While wearing the “uniform” of a dress each day, women can re-appropriate dresses as a symbol of freedom and power. It’s bigger than a dress. The dress is simply the symbol and uniform of the campaign, but the real power comes from raising awareness (and funds) about human trafficking and modern slavery.
Why am I participating? This is my second year participating (see some of my social media posts from last year’s challenge in this blog post). Over 40.3 million people worldwide are living in modern slavery, including an estimated 10,400 Moldovan men, women, and children. Since arriving in Moldova a year and a half ago, I’ve learned that Moldova is currently ranked #37 on the Global Slavery Index. I work in a school and teach students that are at risk of being trafficked.
Want to join me? Human trafficking exists in practically every community and in every country. It’s a global problem that needs our attention. If you’re interested in joining me, here are ways you can participate:
- Join the challenge. Commit to wearing a dress (or tie/bowtie!) every day during the month of December and additionally raise awareness and share information about human trafficking. Read more here.
- Participate in solidarity days. If 31 days seems like a bit too much, show solidarity by wearing a dress or dressing up (such as wearing a tie) each Friday.
- Donate money to the cause. You can donate to my team (with other volunteers) here.
I hope you’ll join me! I’ll be posting on social media each day, and posting a recap of each week here on my blog.