Today marks the first full week of Dressember! I’ve chosen to be a part of this creative challenge of wearing a dress for each day in December to advocate for the inherent dignity of all women, especially those who have been exploited for their femininity. 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. [from http://www.dressemberfoundation.org].
I don’t wear dresses very often, but the money being raise through Dressember is going to International Justice Mission to fight human trafficking — which is an issue that I have felt passionate about for a long time. When I was in high school, at the urging of my dad, I listened to a podcast interview Gary Haugen, president of International Justice Mission (IJM). I don’t honestly remember what he said — but it changed the direction of my life (I’m not overstating this). I do remember he talked about slavery (human trafficking he called it) and the injustice done to millions around our world today.
My interest was peaked and I decided to do one of my high school research papers on human trafficking. When I was choosing college majors, it came down to 2 big questions for me: what am I good at? And how can I use that in the fight against human trafficking? I eventually landed a degree in strategic communication (a.k.a public relations) from Temple University, with the question “how can I use [my major] in the fight against human trafficking?” always in the back of my head. One recent step to answer this question is that; I now serve as a marketing volunteer for MCAT (Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition) working to raise awareness and provide resources in Montgomery County.
And I truly love everyday advocacy. That’s why I am participating in Dressember this year. I greatly respect and admire the work IJM is doing and want to allow them to do even more! If you are able, help me meet my goal. Even $5 or $10 helps! To give, visit my fundraising page http://support.dressemberfoundation.org/kaylasheely. I’d love for you to partner with me in this.
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Thank you for joining me in the fight for dignity and freedom.