02 March | She Deserves Fairtrade: Women in leadership
Join Fair Trade Wales for an evening filled with inspiring stories that will shine a light on both ‘invisible’ women and inspiring women leaders. You’ll hear stories from individuals who fight inequality and against the odds, are entrepreneurs and leaders in their local communities.
Speakers include Jenipher Wettaka Sambazi from the Gumutindo Coffee Co-operative in Uganda, Kathryn Llewellyn, CEO of United Purpose, Chisomo Phiri, women’s rights activist and Katie Colvin, Head of Marketing and Communications at Cru Kafe.
We’ll be showing an animation to bring the stories of women cocoa farmers to life to show that through Fairtrade, there is an alternative. Fairtrade refreshments and snacks provided.
Monday, 2 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Portland House, Cardiff
113 – 116 Bute St, Cardiff CF10 5EQ
About Fairtrade Fortnight and the campaign
Fairtrade’s She Deserves campaign which is running again this Fairtrade Fortnight (24 February-8 March 2020) highlights research on ‘invisible women’ in the cocoa sector in West Africa, where 60% of the world’s cocoa is grown, when we revealed the average farmer lives on a little as 74p a day.
In Côte d’Ivoire, despite carrying out 68% of the labour and being responsible for children and the home, women have fewer rights than men and earn even less.In coffee, there is a similar story, with around 125 million people worldwide dependent on it for their livelihoods, Jenipher is one of them. It is the most valuable and widely traded tropical agricultural product and is mainly produced by smallholder farmers. Many of them however are unable to earn a reliable living from the coffee they produce. It isn’t enough to support the most basic needs such as fresh water and food, education and healthcare.
This Fairtrade Fortnight, campaigners are sharing stories far and wide so we are all better equipped to make choices that can change farmers’ stories for the better.
For #SheDeserves we’ll be continuing to focus on the special role women farmers play in the journey to living incomes, and sharing new stories and tools to get more people choosing Fairtrade.