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Do it in a Dress 2013
Do it in a dress to help girls in Sierra Leone get an education. Image: One Girl.
Raise money for girls in Sierra Leone to get an education by getting your school dress on! Do it in a Dress is coming up this October. While you'll be delighting in picking a challenge and doing it in a school dress, you'll also be helping to fundraise for a most noble cause run by One Girl.
It costs an average of $300 to put a girl through one year of school in Sierra Leone, so even raising a small amount will make a huge difference to one girl's life.
Do what in a dress?
Participants in Do it in a Dress sign up, set themselves a challenge, and do that challenge in a dress with the aim of raising money to put towards girls' education in Sierra Leone. Your challenge is self-designed. A list of challenge ideas can be found here. Some of the weirdest include bungee jumping, busking and going clubbing in a dress. October is the official month, but plenty of participants have already begun their antics, such as Michele. She is so dedicated to the cause that she has worn her school dress everywhere from work to the hairdresser to going out for dinner.
Michele at her daughter's cheerleading competition in a dress. Image: Michele McArdle.
You can use your own recycled school dress, or buy one for $20 from the One Girl website shop here.
Why girls in Sierra Leone? Structural inequalities mean it's not great to be a woman, no matter where you live. Even in Australia, women are four times as likely to be sexually assaulted than men, are likely to earn less than men even in the same occupation, and then there's the everyday sexism that women endure. While these are disturbing issues, there are many countries where it is worse to be a woman. Sierra Leone is regarded as being one of the worst places to be born female. This is why One Girl focusses on girls in Sierra Leone, where a mere one in six girls go to high school. Most girls in Sierra Leone must get married as teenagers, often to older men that they don't know. Giving these girls the chance to go to school and get an education will allow them more control over their lives, like Isha in the video below. Financial hardship prevented her from being able to go to school, but as a One Girl scholarship recipient, she now is able to finish her education.
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Of course, if the idea of getting into a school dress leaves you red-faced, you don't need to squeeze into one to support the education of girls in Sierra Leone. Do it in a Dress aims not only to get people talking, but importantly to raise money to afford scholarships for girls in Sierra Leone. You can donate directly through One Girl, or donate through a particular dress-clad participant. You can read about some of the outstanding and weird challenges undertaken by some star Do it in a Dressers on the One Girl blog.