Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Making Fair Trade Work for Women

In a new article, Marsha Dickson (Artisans and Fair Trade) says that fair trade standards, which tend to limit what constitutes a "proper workspace", often fail to take artisans' lives into consideration. This is to the detriment of many women artisans who work from home and need flexible hours. The authors propose that certification schemes broaden "assessment of the benefits of fair trade and demonstrate organizations' accountability to fair trade principles." Here's a video of Marsha speaking about the inherent potential of fair trade to reach new people.

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