Fair Trade celebrates the International Women's Day with #WomenForChange
By World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)
The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) asked women Fair Traders to share their thoughts about their work, achievements, the challenges they encounter as women in this field, and how their work influenced themselves and other women. They are featured on their website under the motto #WomenForChange
• Angelika Rauben comes from Tanzania and currently she is the chair of the organisation’s Artisan Advisory Council. According to a WomenCraft staff, when Angelika started taking photos of their products and promoting them, their sales had increased since then. Working in Fair Trade she was able to develop her leadership skills and to become a model for other women in her community.
• Sophie Tack, director of the Partners-Campaign department of Oxfam-Magasins du monde, believes that Fair Trade is a way out for women to escape from these inequalities. Her commitment and passion for a fairer world are burning in her heart.
• Arshida and Jasmina choose not to marry despite of the strict traditions of their Indian village, Tehatta.
• María Sosof Ixbalán is one of the expert backstrap weavers of Cojolya Association, an organisation working with Maya artisans in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala since 1983. The encounter with Petronila Sojuel, a weaver at the Cojolya Association, was a turning point in her life. Maria would like to share the message that everybody has skills and should be proud the work he or she can accomplish.
• Renice Jones and her husband co-own Global Fair Trade Crafts Inc., based in Edgewater, Florida. They import Fair Trade products from developing countries, and sell it nationwide in the US and Canada. As a woman, she felt a special connection with women producers in the South.
• Shabana Nasim and Sagarica comes from Calcutta, India. She encourages women in her local community to take active economic role by joining the Sasha producer community, an Indian Fair Trade organisation.
• Mervat lives in a poor village of Mottamedya, in the province of Giza. Five years ago she shared her project with Fair Trade Egypt. Thanks to it and its partner Mottamedya Women’s Association, Mervat runs a profitable activity and offers job to 15 women of her community.
Read the full stories here.