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.


TASTE THE WORLD, Colour the Difference! 12/05

12 December, 2005 

This was the forth edition of Taste the World for KKĠ. The slogan used during 2005's Taste the World was "Colour the difference" and indeed there were many contrasting opinions during the debate, unique Fair Traded goods on display and a warm and friendly environment.

Fair Traded Goods: Colour the difference 

In the morning volunteers setup several large Fair Trade stalls at St. James Cavalier. The three distinguished stalls sold handicrafts, costumes, jewellery, textiles and accessories from the Asian, South American and African. Close by where other stalls selling food items and musical instruments. Products by refugees who are in Maltese detention centres were being sold in a small stall, amongst other fair traded products. During the day there was free tasting for a selection of food products sold at l-Ħanut L-Arka.

Seminar on international trade: Colour the difference

Between 9 and 12 a seminar on International Trade was organised by StoPoverty! (www.stopovertymalta.org), a coalition of Maltese NGOs, whose job is to lobby the local authorities to do their part in the brining an end to extreme poverty.

The spokespersons at the seminar were Mr. Richard Adams, H.E. Sir Vincent Fean, Mr. Vince Caruana, Dr. Vanessa Camilleri and Mr. Stephen Sultana. Mr. Caruana, the speaker of the seminar, started the debate by the screening of a short film entitled "WTO: Reality Check", a film calling for a reform of the current global trade practices, especially within the WTO.

The film provoked a debate between the attendants and panel of speakers. The later believe that no radical change in global trade needs to take place. While some like Mr. Richard Adams, advocate for fairer values in trade, other like Dr. Camilleri and Mr. Sultana are strong supporters of the WTO.

Fair Trade in Sri Lanka: Colour the difference

Isabelle Żammit and John Axiak, two members of the cooperative's committee visited Sri Lanka in September 2005, on a Tsunami Disaster Development Project. The two are working on the establishment of a fair trade factory with partners in Sri Lanka for Tsunami Survivors. In the evening Isabelle and John gave a short presentation about different Fair Trade producers in Sri Lanka.

Live Music

Past Events:

Fair Trade Expert and Concert at Taste the World 2005

The fair trade festival Taste the World will be held on Saturday, 3 December, at St. James Cavalier in Valletta between 9.30am and 10.00pm. The theme of this year's edition is Colour the Difference, a tribute to the beauty and vibrancy of the diverse cultures of the global South represented by fair trade. The special foreign guest is the fair trade expert and activist Richard Adams, a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the EU, who will be talking about alternatives to the unjust world trade system. Entrance to all stalls and events, including the concert of live music that starts at 8.00pm, is free.

One of the highlights of this year's fair trade festival is a special seminar between 9.30am and 12.30pm on fair trade as an alternative to the current system of trade that favours the richer North and creates barriers to the products of the poorer South. Another important event is a presentation between 5.30pm and 6.30pm by Richard Adams and Maltese fair traders who have visited producers in Sri Lanka on "Fair Trade in Sri Lanka."  Sri Lanka presentation can be downloaded from here [Power Point File 5Mbs]  or here [HTML separate pages]

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