Ellie and I wanted to let you blog readers in on an opportunity to fundraise for International Justice Mission (IJM) during the month of December through an month-long event called Dressember. I participated last year and raised $1000 to go towards IJM’s rescue efforts. IJM is a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world.
At it’s core, 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.
Ellie and I are participating in Dressember because we believe in everyday advocacy. We know that our voices matter, and that we 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. Additionally, Dressember fits in with the goals of our blog – using fashion as a tool to make change in the lives of people around the world.
We also believe that we are better together. We have created a #DressWellDoGood team and we are asking you to considering joining our Dressember fundraising team this December. You do not need a lot of dresses to participate – in fact, the founder of Dressember wears the same dress styled different ways all month long (scroll through their instagram feed to see some of Blythe’s styles)! And if you are looking to add a dress to your wardrobe, one of our favorites, Elegantees, has designed an official Dressember Dress that you can get for 10% with our code ‘DressWellDoGood’.
If you are already planning to participate, you can join our team when you sign up!
If you are local to Austin, we are going to get together for a group photo (in dresses, of course!) for our project page, and to discuss strategy and opportunities on the morning of Saturday, November 7th. If you are interested in meeting up with our team and you live in Austin, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you details to those of you that want to participate in the Austin area.
We hope you will join us!