The Power of Love this Valentine's Season

This Valentine’s Day, I want to spend some time reflecting on love in ways which you perhaps don’t think about every day, and I want to invite you to think about love in new ways with an advocate’s heart. We have all encountered unloving people and been put in unloving situations; we all know what love is not. Love is not harmful. Love is not selfish. Love is not using another human being.

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An interview with Carole Murphy on being an Activist for Change

Carole Murphy is an activist in the movement of women, working as the founder of two powerful organizations: Purse for the People and Gratitude 4 the Goddess. She spends her days redefining fashion and using her organizations to encourage and uplift women. She uses her gifts to make other women feel important and empowered. I was fortunate enough to interview her.

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A resource for a safer internet: The FOSI grid

Internet safety for children has long been an issue with both parents and legislators. The rise of connectivity and Internet access has increased problems like cyber-bullying and the online sexual exploitation of children. Law enforcement officers, parents, and lawmakers have worked to educate the public, protect children, and prosecute offenders in order to make the Internet a safer place.

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Purse & Clutch: Redefining sustainability

At Dressember, we’re into making powerful purchases, which is why we partner with companies that are changing the fashion game for good. Meet Purse & Clutch (P&C): an Austin-based company specializing in accessories with an impact. Through providing beautiful, ethically made handbags, they are ending the cycle of poverty for artisans in Guatemala and Ethiopia.

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A look into how Dressember chooses grant partners

It’s the end of January, which means that both the Dressember style challenge and the U.S. National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is almost over. You and your team have managed to raise $3,500, which is half the cost of a mission to rescue a victim of human trafficking from their situation, and your $3,500 has contributed to Dressember’s overall goal of raising over $2,300,000! It has been another successful year of raising money to combat human trafficking.

Yay! Woohoo! Yeah!

The crowds go wild!

But just where do those funds go?

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How does female infanticide and female foeticide contribute to the issue of modern slavery?

In certain cultures, male children are preferred over females, a preference that can often lead the family to end the female’s life. In these cases, males are valued as workers, providers for the family, and needed to carry on the family name. On the other hand, females are seen as an extra mouth to feed, an increased liability, and an economic burden, particularly when it comes time to pay a dowry for her to get married.

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Heroes Both On and Off the Field

Football and human trafficking - chances are, when you see those two things side by side, your thoughts take a dark turn. Most of us have heard about the connection between sporting events (and any large gathering of people, for that matter) and human trafficking. What you may not have heard about, however, are the efforts NFL coaches and players are making on behalf of the fight against modern-day slavery.

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Malia Designs: A Triple Threat against Slavery

How many of you are like me and started your day with a cup of coffee or tea? If you lived in Cambodia, you probably just spent your entire daily income on that beverage. According to ECPACT (End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism), more than 70% of Cambodians live on less than $3 a day. Poverty is one of the factors that make individuals vulnerable to human trafficking, which is a serious problem in this Asian country. Women are particularly endangered due to gender inequality and lack of education. Dressember brand partner Malia Designs is working to change that by providing economic opportunities for both women and those with physical challenges.

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What is Female Foeticide?

Last week we shared about the reality of female infanticide. This week, we’re focusing on female foeticide. Next week, we’ll explore how these two practices contribute to the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery. It wasn’t until Dressember’s trip to South Asia in 2018 that the Dressember team realized how much infanticide and foeticide play a part in the issue of modern slavery. We invite you to learn more and use what you’ve learned to take action.

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