Fashion and Cycling to help Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

 

Friends will often send Hope4Justice interesting articles about anti-human trafficking projects.   Below are two amazing anti-human trafficking projects: Dressember, and The Drukpa Order
Several of our H4J friends (thanks Audrey) have participated in the anti-human trafficking Dressember Foundation challenge.  Participants commit to wearing a dress each day throughout the month of December, set up a Dressember crowdfunding campaign page to raise money, and spread awareness about how to help end human trafficking.

Per Dressember Foundation CEO Blythe Hill “We partner with International Justice Mission and A21, two of the largest organizations working to rescue and restore victims of slavery and violent oppression. In 3 years, thousands of women have raised over $1.5 million by wearing dresses.”
For more information about the Dressember Foundation, go to their web page http://www.dressember.org/mission/    

Hundreds Of Kung Fu Buddhist Nuns Are Biking The Himalayas To Oppose Human Trafficking


Our Friend Belinda sent us an Business Insider article by Nita Bhalla (Reuters) about Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order, from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and India dressed in black sweatpants, red jackets, and white helmets, whom made the taxing journey of 4,000 km from Kathmandu to Leh in India on September 17. Pedaling the  steep, and narrow mountain passes, the women were raising awareness regarding the human trafficking of girls and women in Nepal and India.

South Asia remains one of the largest areas of human trafficking in the world, with trafficking having increased by way of gangs manipulating homeless villagers into bonded labor. Two earthquakes struck Nepal in April and May 2015, resulting in more than 40,000 children losing their parents. This has added to the trafficking epidemic, with young girls and women being sold into brothels as a means for dealing with the poverty-stricken circumstances resulting from the natural disasters.

"When we were doing relief work in Nepal after the earthquakes last year, we heard how girls from poor families were being sold because their parents could not afford to keep them anymore," 22-year-old nun Jigme Konchok Lhamo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

To read more about the Drukpa Order, go to: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-kung-fu-nuns-bike-himalayas-to-oppose-human-trafficking-2016-9