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Little Black Dress Initiative

The Junior League of Athens participated in the Little Black Dress Initiative from February 13-17, 2017

This year focused on the economic issues facing victims of domestic abuse in our community.

Little Black Dress Initiative 2017 was a hit! Thank you to all of the members who participated by wearing a black dress. And thank you to everyone who supported The Little Black Dress Initiative by sharing posts, talking to friends and coworkers, donating clothing, and advocating for victims of financial abuse. A special thank you to Joan Prittie of Project Safe, Inc. for coming to our February General Membership Meeting to educate our members about financial abuse.

By the end of the week, we had over 3000 post engagements and views on Facebook and Instagram alone! Everyone did an amazing job of spreading the word and helping to educate people about financial abuse! You can search for posts and learn more about our week using #LDBIathens, #LBDI, and #JLathens.

To learn more about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence and what you can do, please visit http://nnedv.org/

To learn more about what you can do locally, please visit http://www.project-safe.org/

 

LBDI 2016:

The Junior League of Athens participated in this poverty awareness campaign during the week of February 8-12. We launched the Little Black Dress Initiative, which will sought to raise awareness around the limits that poverty can play on choices of expression and opportunities for employment by asking our members to wear one black dress or outfit for a week.

The basic premise: in order to illustrate the effects that poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, confidence and opportunities, those who participated in the initiative wore a black dress – the same black dress – for 5 consecutive days, along with a button that says “ask me about my little black dress”. This action stared the conversation about the cycle of poverty in Athens.

UPDATE:

At the February 2016 General Membership Meeting, Mayor Nancy Denson decreed February 8th – 12th to be Little Black Dress Initiative Week. The week culminated in a “Drop The Dress” gathering, during which a dress donation drive was held.

For more coverage on Junior League of Athens 2016 LBDI, check out press coverage by UGA Grady News Source