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Dressember

So, you know how I’m totally not a dress person? Well, I’ve joined my friend Jess in Dressember. What is Dressember? Besides subjecting myself to 31 days of wearing dresses, it is this:

Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women.

Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women. Dressember exists to inspire and empower a global community of like-minded women who are locking arms to face one of the greatest injustices of our time. The heart of Dressember is freedom– that every woman has the right to live a vibrant and autonomous life.

All donations go to the International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression.

A woman from Ontario said it best: “A dress everyday for 31 days during a Canadian winter is a minor discomfort compared to that of so many affected by slavery and sexual exploitation. I hope, if nothing else, to raise awareness of this dark reality that is still very present in our world, our country, our city.”

Sexual exploitation is not uncommon in Saskatoon. Last I was told, there are 250 underage prostitutes here, which is 250 too many. But it’s not just children who are being exploited.

Since moving here, I haven’t been able to get away from the realities of modern slavery here in Saskatoon, in Canada, and around the world. But as Jess said, “I know my voice matters, and that I can help change the world that millions of abused women and girls wake up to every morning. Your voice matters, too, and our voices are louder together. So in this I bring awareness and fight for the restoration of dignity for all women.”

So, join us. Donate to advocate for the dignity of all women.

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Disclaimer:
What does femininity have to do with ending oppression against women? Not all women are feminine.
Femininity can mean a lot of different things to different people. To us, it is the celebration of being a woman; feminity is inherent to all women, and manifests itself in many different ways for different women. Dresses are just one manifestation of femininity, but in no way are we saying that women need to wear dresses to be feminine. This is a chance to experience freedom through embracing that interpretation of femininity. Ultimately though, it’s bigger than dresses; Dressember creates an opportunity to advocate for the inherent feminity and dignity of all women.

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  • Elan Morgan Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 12:49 am

    Best of luck! Do you even own dresses?

    :)

  • Becca Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11:11 am

    Are you going to show some of your favorite Dressember outfits?