Friday, December 20, 2013

Dressember - Fighting Injustice, One Dress at a Time

My sisters and I decided to join DRESSEMBER: a challenge to wear a dress every day for the month of December. 

And to document all the dresses we are wearing, as well as our progress in Dressember, we've started a blog called: 155 Dresses

WHO WE ARE

We are five sisters who are passionate about combating human trafficking. We hope that by wearing a dress every day for the month of December (Dressemeber.net), we can stand out and make a difference: and through making a difference, we can encourage others to stand up against human trafficking and other forms of oppression.

31 days of December + 5 sisters = 155 Dresses

Through the Dressember Challenge, we are trying to raise $500 for IJM ($100 for each sister).



WHAT IS "DRESSEMBER" AND WHY WE ARE DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING?

DRESSEMBER: It's a challenge for girls to wear a dress every day for the month of December, to spread awareness about human trafficking and to raise funds for International Justice Mission

How does wearing a dress every day make a difference? Well, in and of itself, it doesn't. However, like tying a string around your finger, like posting a sticky note on your mirror, like writing down a list, it keeps something in the forefront of your mind. 

Every morning, when I look in my closet and inwardly groan at the thought of wearing a dress when the wind is howling around the corners of the house and white snow covers the ground, I am also reminded to be thankful that I am a free woman choosing what I want to wear....who will then drive to work in my car, where I will spend my day as a project manager instead of selling my body to men who affection lasts a moment....who will come home every evening to a warm house and husband who loves me.

And I will remember that justice isn't the norm around the world. That not every woman has a loving family and a caring husband. That not every little girl has a childhood where her innocence is preserved. That not every young teen has a chance to go to school and dream of college. That not every mother rocking her baby to sleep can smile at that child's future.

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are," wrote Benjamin Franklin.

This Christmas, consider donating to IJM. It doesn't have to be a lot....even $5 or $10 helps. And as you sit in front of your Christmas tree, with your family around you, your gifts waiting to be opened, and your dignity and freedom intact, you'll know that a woman somewhere around the world is being given a chance to experience justice, love, and hope this Christmas.


-Written by Bethany


Will you Help end forms of social injustice by DONATING to IJM!

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

1 comment:

  1. That was so beautifully written. My school showed the promo video for this in chapel several weeks ago—I love the idea! I've seen so many of my friends participating as well… I love you and your sisters' vision and passion for this!

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