At Purse for the People, part of using business as a force for good entails working with our non-profit partner Dressember.
Founded by Blythe Hill in 2013, Dressember works to end human slavery world wide. In the space of only five years, Dressember has grown rapidly. They've successfully raised over five million US dollars which have been awarded to their grant partners. Through targeted, strategic grants, Dressember works with some of the leading anti-trafficking organizations in order to eliminate human trafficking and slavery.
We know that human slavery in these modern times still persists.
Here are some illuminating statistics:
Within the United States
The Global Slavery Index estimates that as recently as 2016, there were 403,000 people living in modern slavery here in the United States. For every 1,000 people in the US, there are 1.3 victims of slavery.
The 2018 GSI also provides data for 167 countries based on the proportion of the population estimated to be in some form of modern slavery.
The 10 countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery:
- North Korea
- The Central African Republic
- South Sudan
An analysis of the ten countries with the highest prevalence reveals a common connection between modern slavery and two external drivers: highly repressive regimes and/or armed conflict.
How You Can Help
Start a campaign: #YouCanDoAnythingInADress: Every year thousands of advocates join the Style Challenge by wearing a dress or tie the entire month of December. Through your personal campaign page, you can raise funds to end slavery.
Donate: All year at anytime, Dressember accepts your tax deductible donations.
We at Purse for the People believe in elevating women globally and ending all human slavery. Join us in celebrating the work Dressember is doing here in the US and abroad.