This DIY Graduation Dress Is Raising Money For Girls Around The World

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Instead of spending a ridiculous about of money on a fancy graduation dress, Erinne Paisley from Victoria, BC decided she would make her own dress. Paisley didn’t just make a dress, she made a very bold statement as well.

Erinne created a dress for herself out of old homework. She wrote a message on it reminding people that education is often denied to women and girls around the world.

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The message reads “I’ve recieved [with spelling correction] my education. Not every woman has that right. Malala.org.”

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The website refers to the Malala Fund, a fund started by international activist Malala Yousafzai, who works to provide education for girls and young women around the world.

Erinne has been interested in activism, and she co-founded her school’s activist organization. During her senior year, the organization focused on women’s rights around the world, inspiring Erinne to raise awareness about equal education.

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“As graduation got closer, the fact that 62 million girls around the world don’t have access to secondary education as I was preparing to celebrate my own secondary education was something that was really moving to me,” she says.

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For being made out of paper, with no pattern, the dress is actually quite cute!

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She’s also auctioning the dress off to raise money for the Malala Fund. Currently, the top bid is $1,150, and with two weeks left in the campaign, she’s hoping to raise more. That money will also go to the Malala Fund.

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