Bobcats bestow bras, ‘free the girls’

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Donated bras to End Slavery Movement’s bra drive. Picture from OU End Slavery Movement Twitter account.

 

Ohio University End Slavery Movement’s first annual Bra Drive is now in full swing. New or gently used bras are being collected to free the girls!

All bras collected will be sent to “Free the Girls” and will then be shipped to women in Nairobi, Kenya. “They can then sell the used bras and make a business of it,” said End Slavery Movement member Bri Giesinger. The women can develop business skills and ethics which ultimately prevents them from becoming reliant on prostitution for money.

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Free the Girls campaign poster. Picture from OU End Slavery Movement Twitter account.

The organization wanted to host an event in which Bobcats could actively participate in ending slavery.

“We wanted them to be able to say, ‘I have an extra bra’ and place it in a box and feel like they’re participating in ending slavery physically,” Griesinger said.

The movement has no numerical goal, but they hope to have a positive impact on the women.

“How can you put a cap on it? We’re talking about saving women’s lives. You can’t put a number on that,” Griesinger said.

Freshman Celina Flores is a passionate member of the End Slavery Movement. Flores said the biggest struggle has been spreading the word about the movement. So far, it has been fairly successful. “I hope we collect as many bras as we can to make as big of an impact as we can,” Flores said.

Established last spring, the End Slavery Movement is still hoping to expand and diversify its membership. Flores said that the movement hopes to find a way to appeal to men and get them involved.

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OU End Slavery Movement logo. Taken from OU End Slavery Movement Twitter account.

Bra collection boxes can be found on the third floor of Baker and in every sorority house on campus. The sorority that collects the most bras will be rewarded with a free tanning party at Outer Glow.

The movement will be accepting bras until the end of their organization meeting on April 7. Meetings are held in Bentley 015 every other Monday at 6 p.m.

 

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