December— traditionally a season of giving— is almost upon us. Of course, on the UC Berkeley campus, December is better known as finals season! However, this universally stressful time will only take up half of the month! So, with the rest of your (debatably) free time during the break, what better way is there to feel better about yourself after finals than by giving back to both the environment and victims of global human trafficking at the same time?
Enter “Dressember,” a campaign created by activist Blythe Hill which seeks to raise awareness for the plight of the enslaved and for victims of human trafficking by wearing an ethically-made dress every day of December. According to the organization’s home page (http://www.dressember.org), the reason that Hill chooses to wear dresses is that: “To many people, dresses represent fragility, weakness, and inequality.” She believes that “it is time to reclaim them.”
All dresses worn in association with “Dressember” should be fair trade, ethically and sustainably made. The organization does have an online store on which anyone may purchase an ethically made dress any of which may be used.
To actually raise awareness for the group, one may post on social media regarding participation in the campaign, but also respond to comments about one’s dress by advocating for the organization!
All in all, “Dressember” is a perfect way to give back this holiday season, and with all the free time we are about to have on our hands, why not try to affect a positive change?
Donations to “Dressember” can be made HERE: https://dressember.funraise.org
This is not a sponsored post.