Well today is a very special day in the Esther office. If you were not aware, today (the 18th October) is ANTI-SLAVERY DAY.
The Esther Team are incredibly passionate about the issue of Slavery, and in particular, the cause of the millions of women still trapped in the sex trafficking industry. A portion of each garment sold through http://www.esther.com.au, currently goes towards releasing and restoring women, men and children trapped by this horrific crime, through an organisation we have partnered with called A21 (www.thea21campaign.org).
And so, in light of it being Anti- Slavery Day, we wanted to shed some light on this issue, and raise awareness through the means that we have, so that together we can abolish Sex Trafficking in the 21st Century. You may not be well educated on this issue- that’s ok! You may not have even finished school, or completed a University degree- that’s ok too! We have put together an incredibly simple and easy-t0-read facts sheet, summarising key information and facts as they currently stand. You can access this facts sheet by viewing it below, or expect it to arrive with your next order of beautifully packaged garments, very soon!
What each and every one of us do have, is breath in our lungs, and a voice which we can use to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. We may not be able to do everything, but each of us can do something! Today we would like to focus on just that- small things that you as an individual (or with your girlfriends!) can do, to support the work of the brilliant A21 Campaign. We have titled it “21 Things for A21″…
1. WRITE A LETTER
Grab your stationary and pull out a pen! This simple act is an incredible encouragement to survivors along their journey. But don’t be surprised if it has a great impact on you too. Try it and see what we’re talking about. Click here for information.
2. GET SOCIAL
That’s right, we want to be social with social media. Whether through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Causes, you can find so many ways to quickly share information with friends, family, or people you just met. It’s the easiest way to stay connected, and to raise awareness. Start the conversation- In coffee shops, at dinner parties, and in your workplace. Exposing the issue and bringing it to light is the first step in seeing this crime abolished.
3. GET SMART
You don’t have to go far to become educated about trafficking. Thankfully there are many ways for you to learn and uncover the ills of modern-day slavery, and we’re making this easy for you by including some of our favourite resources!
Take some time to get informed:
Recommended Reading Material:
– The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade- by Victor Malarek
– Terrify No More: Young Girls Held Captive and the Daring Undercover Operation to Win Their Freedom- by Gary A Haugen & Gregg Hunter
– Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We Can Fight It- by David Batstone
– The Road of Lost Innocence- by Somaly Mam
– Ending Slavery- by Kevin Bales
4. SEND STUFF
Who doesn’t love giving gifts? And even better, to those in need? This is a great opportunity for you to round up some friends and purchase gifts for women in care at A21. You can donate clothes, hygiene packs, toothbrushes and hair care products. Each gift will go directly to women in need. To send items (or even gift cards!), click here.
5. GIVE YOUR TIME
Why not donate 1-hour of your Salary for 21 weeks (or less!), to any one of the organisations listed above, working with restoring victims of the Sex Trafficking industry? What an easy and practical way to help!
6. ARE YOU A STUDENT? START A REVOLUTION!
Join thousands of students around the world who are locking arms and taking a stand at their school! Start an awareness group at your local high school, college or university and get your friends involved in spreading the truth about human trafficking to your community.
7. PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
Grab your friends and throw a party! But not just any party- a party with the purpose of informing those closest to you about human slavery. Click here for more information on hosting an abolition event- brochures, short films, and party-planning guides are all provided! So easy!
8. CUT THE CAFFEINE
By making 3 coffees a week at home instead of buying them, you can save over $600 a year!
9. GIFT GIVE-UP
Is it your birthday coming up? Why not ask friends and family for donations instead of gifts. It will also give them great joy to see their gift going towards such a great cause.
10. WRITE FOR THEIR RIGHTS
We believe everyone has a voice to be heard. By lobbying your local politician, you can advocate for those without a voice. Often adjusting laws and policies surrounding the issue of human trafficking can make it easier to identify and convict traffickers in the court of law. For more information on how to do this, click here.
11. SAVE AND SEW
Most of us would have access to beautiful Grandmothers, Mothers, Aunties and Friends who all have brilliant skills they can teach us in the area of sewing. By learning to sew you are not only learning a new skill and having fun, but saving money on paying for alterations!
12. VIEW ONLINE
Most of our favourite magazines, are now available online to view. Why not cut the subscription and save those pennies?
13. MULTIPLY YOUR $$$
As ladies, we spend an incredible amount on beauty treatments and products each year. Give some of these penny saving tips a go!
– Stretch your hair appointments to once every 10 weeks instead of 8
– Try some home dye jobs and get a friend to help you!
– Have your own at-home pedicures
– Do your own spray tanning and waxing (be careful!)
14. WALK IN THEIR SHOES
Whether it’s climbing a mountain, rowing across an ocean, cycling across a country or simply organizing a run for awareness, we want to encourage you that your sweat can make a difference to help stomp out human trafficking! You can also cut out that gym membership, save your dollars, and start walking to work!
15. PACK IT
Instead of buying lunch every day, bring a packed lunch once a week and put the money aside to donate. This is also a great way to get your office involved also.
16. CLEAN OUT THAT JUNK
Find 21 Items in your house that are no longer needed, and Ebay them for $1 each = $21!
17. SAVE AND SWAP
Gather your girlfriends together for a super fun clothes swap. Invite guests to bring along garments they no longer wear, exchange them for tokens, and auction off all the pieces! Ask your guests to bring along $10 to donate, and provide some beautiful treats and champagne. It’s a guaranteed fun night and you will walk away with a new wardrobe too!
20. IN VS OUT
By deciding to have just a few date nights in, or Saturday nights at home, you can save some reasonable dollars to donate. Get creative with your friends and have some fun with it.
21. SUPPLY THE SOLUTION
The truth is that every single one of us is wired to be able to bring a truly unique solution to a very real problem occurring today. This list of 21 things does not end here. In fact, it does not end at all. The reality is that if you want to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking, you can. If there is still breath in your lungs you have the opportunity to add to this list!
We hope this list inspires, challenges and motivates you, and gets those creative juices going! We would love to hear about what you are doing in your world to make a difference- please let us know. Send us your pics, videos, or testimonies, to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can celebrate with you!
Please stay tuned in the coming months for further blog posts on what WE (the Esther Team) are doing to partner with you also!
Together we can make a difference.
The Esther Team x