Dressember: Day 29



It’s bigger than a dress!

For the month of December I will be participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. By wearing a little black dress for 31 days  I am raising awareness and funds for the millions of abused women and girls across the globe. The little black dress I am wearing (worn in rotation with another LBD I already owned) is made by and overcomer of sex trafficking who through Elegantees has been provided with secure source of income that reinforces independence, a healthy self image, and confidence that restores lives. You can sponsor my 31 day dress wearing mission to fight enforced labour and human trafficking by donating to the Dressember fundraiser page. The proceeds of the month long fundraiser support the work done by A21 and The International Justice Mission (IJM) who work to fight human trafficking and injustices against the poor on all levels, from top down policy work to bottom up rescues and rehabilitation of victims. Your dollar could help rescue children as young as two years old from cyber sex trafficking, as seen in this recent success story from the IJM. Please give even if you can only spare a dollar, every bit counts! 


The end is near.

As the month comes to a close it’s important to remember that there is time to make a difference. For this New Years why not forgo one cocktail and donate the amount to the Dressember mission instead. Every little bit counts whether it’s  the $4 extra you would have spent on a taxi but decide to opt for public transport home instead or the $1 you would used to buy a ‘scratch and win’ lotto ticket on New Years eve in hope to win your fortune for 2016. Change someone’s life for the better and donate big or small. On the Sustainability in Style Dressember mission front I’m very excited to be counting down the days to shorts wearing! The Dressember LBD is now on of my all time fave items due to the number of compliments received while wearing it (which has been MANY), and the fact that it’s incredibly comfortable. However, the discomfort of wearing something that I can’t run, skip, jump and do impromptu tree climbs and yoga in has been very frustrating. I’ve mostly spent the month feeling very professional and polished getting about my beach town in a fancy black dress.


Don’t talk about Human Trafficking and Slavery!

Turns out of all the weird and wonderful things that I have discussed online, from periods and stinky armpits to whether or not we actually need to wash denim, human trafficking and slavery have been the most unpopular topics to date. Resulting in some of the lowest social media (nearly as many un-follows as follows on Insta) and Google analytics stats to date despite still continuing with Christmas themed posts and DIY’s that have been very popular in the past. It appears that more people want to talk about their underarms than the misfortune of others. I don’t think this makes us narcissistic or unkind as our armpits are very close to our heads and in plain view to us on a daily basis. Injustices against the poor and slave labour is something that is kept well hidden. This video above kind of sums up the general vibe I have sensed throughout the Dressember challenge. That people are somewhat intrigued by the idea of a month of dresses  but the moment they find out what it’s for or are presented with some unpalatable statistics they tend to freeze. They don’t seem to know how to respond to this huge and hidden issue that plagues countries across the globe, poor and rich alike. It’s confronting and we feel powerless. We often hear about slavery in the fashion industry but it can be hard to link this back to human trafficking and sex trafficking but in many cases they are all part of the same global cheap labour phenomena that makes us $2 t-shirts and gives us $5 blow jobs. The best way to respond to human trafficking and slavery isn’t to ‘ignore it and it will go away’ (this tactic doesn’t even work on high school bullies) the best you can do is to share the information you have found. The more people know about these kinds of injustices the less chances those who deal in human lives have of getting away with the actions undetected. So please don’t feel scared of these global bullies. Let’s stand up and let them know we will no longer look the other way!

What makes you shudder when you think about sex trafficking and slavery? Do you feel angry or ashamed? Let’s talk about it!

Author: Katie

Katie Roberts is a self confessed 'write-a-holic' Environmental Scientist with a passion for Sustainable Fashion.

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  1. What makes me shudder is finding out that people are capable of doing these things to other people, and then what makes me shudder more is knowing that me buying a cheap t-shirt or outfit is in a way encouraging this to continue. It makes me angry that this is happening in the world and we think we’re not involved when in fact it’s all smoke and mirrors of the industry and we are actually to help pay for this to continue by what we buy. It’s actually your Dressember campaign that helped me to find you and has made me an avid reader of your blog. It’s really opened my eyes to what is happening out there in the world. I’m even contemplating of participating in Dressember next year to help raise funds and more awareness.

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    • Thank you for the conversation CJ!

      What you are saying is so true. It’s pretty impossible to believe that humans are capable of doing such awful things to each other. Perhaps it’s being human without being kind when we really should be both. But when you look at atrocious activities that have happened over time, it seems that we can ‘normalise’ or ‘shut-down’ to most things that we would usually be repulsed by if we do them often enough. Must be a coping strategy! I was reading a book about the ethics of food recently and it was talking about how cruelty in a chicken farm had developed over time because after a while the employees had become so numb to the fact that chickens were living things that they thought nothing of kicking one around as a ball to pass the time. We are complex beings!!!

      I’m so glad that the Dressember campaign has appealed to you and brought you to Sustainability in Style. So happy to have you on board and in the discussion. You can email info@dressember.org and get chatting to the lovely ladies there about how to be involved in 2016. My top tip would be to get organised early. I was a bit slow off the mark only getting on board in mid November. If you are a few months ahead then you have time to get your fundraising strategy in order early. While you can do a lot in a month it can be pretty stressful. :-)

      Lots of new year love to you.


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      • Oh my gosh, those poor chickens. What book was that? I’d like to read more books in 2016 about the food and fashion industry.

        Thank you I’ll send them off an email. Yes I’ll need be extra prepared next year as I’ll be a new mum come April and will need all the extra time I can.

        Happy New Year!!!

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        • Congratulations CJ! Motherhood will be an exciting adventure in the New Year.

          The book is called ‘The Ethics of What we Eat’ by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. I really appreciated this book because it looked at more than animal rights. It had a solid grounded in sustainability and environmental aspects of food ethics. Many times books on food and ethics look solely at at animal cruelty, which is awful and a very important issue but only covers one aspect of caring about the way we eat. This book is more holistic than that.

          Look forward to hearing from you and I wish you a very Happy and prosperous New Year.

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