World Fest 2006

"On 4th June, our Fair Trade Cooperative (Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust) organized its annual feast World Fest 2006 which was celebrated at Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta.

On this festival, fair traded products, delicious food specialities and drinks were put on sale. Young refugees from Dar is-Sliem provided African food, diverse ethnic music namely blues and jazz music, African theatre, and an Italian dance group performed Capoeira, the traditional Brasilian fusion of dance and martial arts.

This year`s WORLDFEST is celebrating the Global Journey to Fair Trade, a movement that has been initiated by the International Federation for Alternative Trade (IFAT, Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust, as a member of IFAT, and received the Fair Trade Banner from Africa to present it to the Maltese public as part of its voyage around the world. Malta will therefore then represent the first European country displaying the banner.

The Global Journey started in 2004 at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India. Setting off from one of the poorest slums in the world, IFAT members carry the banner through every country around the globe in which the federation is represented in order to promote the message of Fair Trade.

In recent years, the great variety of fair traded products has gained an increased popularity of consumers worldwide; to an extent, that many businesses now become interested in selling such products.

Past Events: 


Koperattiva Kummerc Gust organized an event about AIDS awareness and women’s rights. The event was held on the 12th may at 9 p.m., Naasha pub (Misrah Lourdes, San Gwann, Malta). The disproportionate impact of AIDS on women and girls is no accident. It is the direct result of the pervasive abuses of their human rights.  Despite the growing consensus that HIV/AIDS is a women's rights issue, little has been done to change laws and practices that violate women's rights, put them at risk of HIV/AIDS and impede their access to HIV information and services.

During the activity at Naasha there were:

   Show of Fela Kuti DVD
   Free leaflets about women’s rights and AIDS/HIV awareness 
   Open jam session 
   Fair trade stand

Past Events: 

Women's Rights through Fair Trade at L-Arka

On Wednesday 8th March, the volunteers of the Maltese fair trade cooperative are promoting a series of small initiatives to highlight the advantages of fair trade for women in the Global South. The activities at the L-Arka Fair Trade Shop, 306, St. Paul Street, Valletta, will focus on "Empowering women to claim their rights through fair trade" and are being coordinated by Maltese and other European volunteers.

Two videos about how women are claiming their rights through fair trade will be shown during the day. And free leaflets will be distributed about how women are moving from marginalisation to empowerment through the fair trade network. As consumers, the general public can use its spending power to support women associations that are marginalised because of the current unfair world trading system. Shopping fair trade products is one way of doing so.

There will also be free sampling of fair trade products.

The world shop L-Arka is open between 9.00am and 1.00pm and between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade is more than just trading: it proves that greater justice in world trade is possible. It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.



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