Dress With A Purpose

Dress With A Purpose

Fearless & Worthy #Dressember
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As a little girl, I didn't dream that I would help fight human trafficking or that it would become one of my passions. It wasn't something that I just woke up with one day. It honestly wasn't something I was really even aware of until my freshman year of college when I gave a speech on it in my oral communications class.


I was appalled when I learned of the numbers and statistics and horrors of human trafficking, but what really broke my heart wasn't the vast numbers, like the fact that there are over 28 million people enslaved worldwide. That there are more people enslaved than at any other time in human history or the fact that the average age of a girl being sex trafficked is only 12 years old. All of those things made me realize that it was an issue that needed to be stopped but what broke my heart was seeing the actual faces, the individual people. Putting real names and stories to the statistics.

Seeing the utter hopelessness in the eyes of women who have been enslaved for years who don't feel like they have any worth anymore. The little girls who should be laughing and twirling around in their pretty dresses, but instead their faces are full of fear and they're timid and scared instead of happy and carefree. They smile at me with their faces but their eyes tell a different story. One of pain and fear, brokenness and hopelessness. They've lost their joy and I see the utter despair in their countenance.
Once you're eyes have seen and your heart has been broken there is no choice but to use your voice to speak up for those who have none.

The issue is huge, complex and pervasive. It's effects spread from our backyards in Columbus to the streets of India. With human trafficking being such a massive problem it can seem overwhelming and even a daunting task to try and fight to end it. But we can take steps and do what we can to raise our voice for the voiceless and bring awareness to the issue because together we can accomplish much more than we can alone. As Desmund Tutu says


"Do a little bit of good where you are. It is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."

So here's a small step you can take come participate in Dressember with me and my friends! It's simple- join our team, spread the word, make a donation and wear a dress every day for the month of December. Where we will advocate and raise money for the issue.

if you're a guy you can still participate-- you can help us spread the word, donate to a female friends' campaigns, or you can even commit to wearing a bow tie for the month and create your own campaign page, or hold a sign that says "Real men don't buy girls" and post it to your social media, tagging #Dressember.

In just 3 years Dressember has raised 1.5 million to help end human trafficking. Let's join in raising an even bigger voice this year! We're in it to end it! We believe in FEARLESSLY advocating because all people are WORTHY of dignity.

Follow the link below to donate or join our team: Fearless & Worthy https://support.dressemberfoundation.org/team/9815...

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Cover Image Credit: Becca Catoe

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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