With Fair Trade, small-scale producers in developing countries receive good and stable prices and greater security. This makes a big difference to their lives. Bottom line: It can enable them to escape from poverty.
More than half of the world’s poorest 1.2 billion people are women and girls. Women work longer hours than men, for less pay, often in worse jobs.
In developing countries, most women work without employment contracts, often as low-paid farm workers. Many support their families through small-scale farming or crafts production.
Women’s poverty goes hand in hand with disempowerment not having a say in decisions that affect their lives. Yet women often offer the best solutions for poverty reduction. Giving women and girls more of a say is crucial to improving the lives of the world’s poorest people.
One of Fair Trade’s goals is to promote women’s development, reward their work fairly and encourage them as leaders. Fair Trade organisations aim to give women the same opportunities as men and to provide for their needs.
Fair Trade is one of today’s success stories. Between 2000 and 2006 the number of Fair Trade products on sale increased more than 25 times. Could everything we buy, everything we use, eventually be Fair Traded?
If enough people want this to happen, if enough people insist that they want everything they buy and use to give the producer a fair return, then the Fair Trade system could replace the present unfair trading system as the chief way goods are produced, bought and sold.The more Fair Trade goods are sold, the sooner this can happen.
Fair Trade needs to go a lot further and it can.
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