Gregory Hills teen supports women’s education

Do it in a dress: Tatijana Moric is wearing a dress everyday for a month to raise funds for women's education in Africa. Picture: Simon Bennett

Do it in a dress: Tatijana Moric is wearing a dress everyday for a month to raise funds for women's education in Africa. Picture: Simon Bennett

Having to wear the same dress for an entire month might be daunting to some but Tatijana Moric is taking on the challenge.

The Mount Annan High School year 10 student is taking part in the Do it in a Dress campaign that aims to raise funds to help educate disadvantaged women in Africa.

Tatijana will wear the school uniform style dress to the shops, out with friends, to school and she will even wear it to work.

“My school has done it for a few years and I saw a couple of girls doing it and I thought, ‘I want to be the kind of girl who helps other women who deserve an education’,’’ she said.

“I strongly believe that every girl deserves an education no matter what race or religion we are.

“We all deserve an education to help us have a better life.”

The Gregory Hills resident said wearing the dress was just like wearing another school uniform.

“I am pretty proud to do it,” she said.

“I occasionally get weird looks from some people but that’s okay.”

Throughout the campaign Tatijana hoped to raise at least $600 to support women’s education but she has already surpassed that goal just five days into the challenge.

“I have already raised $630 – I think there is the chance that I could raise $1000,” she said.

Last week conservative Senator Cory Bernardi criticised the campaign after a Melbourne school encouraged their students to get on board with Do it in a Dress.

Senator Bernardi took to Twitter where he wrote, “This gender morphing is really getting absurd.”

This prompted backlash from many people including television personality Josh Thomas who urged people to donate to the cause on his Twitter account.

The school ended up raising a record-breaking $300,000 for the campaign.

Tatijana said anybody could take part in the campaign regardless of their gender.

“I think it’s a great campaign to help those girls who are in need,” she said.

“I think it’s great for boys to get involved.

“It doesn’t matter what gender we are as long as we are helping these women out to get an education.

“It doesn’t matter what age you are, what gender you are, what religion you are – if you want to get out there and help raise awareness for women’s education in Africa, please sign up.” 

To donate, visit: doitinadress.com.

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