Saturday is World Fair Trade Day

This Saturday the PosiPair team joins the world in celebrating World Fair Trade Day. World Fair Trade Day is an annual initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Hundreds of events are organized in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Pacific Rim. When you buy Fair Trade products, you know that the workers were paid a fair wage for their labor and you are a positive force helping to build thriving local communities. 

World Fair Trade Day

World Fair Trade Day is a worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. A third of the world’s population lives on less than two dollars a day. The global crisis confirms the need for a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally. Trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities for small and disadvantaged producers. Millions of producers and traders, business and policy makers, supporting organizations and volunteers have contributed to the substantial growth of Fair Trade.

In Bangladesh, thousands of artisans and small producers will go out with colourful banners and drums in the streets of Dhaka to celebrate Fair Trade. The government in Bolivia will also celebrate Fair Trade Day with indigenous producers and marketers. In Kenya, the Kenyan Federation for Alternative Trade will commemorate the day with tree planting, while South Africa will have a flashmob and picnic in the Green Point Park. 

Across Europe, Fair Trade will be celebrated with food, live music, campaigning and an attempt to break the Guinness record. In addition to live music and drumming, Norwegians will attempt to break the record by collecting as many people as possible in one giant pair of Fair Trade underwear in Bislet Stadium, which was set by Australia with 89 people. In Germany, the association of German World Shops will collect messages from consumers to support small farmers’ commitment to sustainable production. The Polish Fair Trade Association will gather messages of support for Fair Trade through snapshots with speech bubble hosting the text, ‘I Support Fair Trade’.

In North America, Fair Trade shops in the US are offering discounts, wine tasting, and even henna tattoos. So visit your nearest shop now. Canada will have Fair Trade bazaars, music, food and drinks with local officials and representatives of various organizations.

Palestine will also be joining in the celebration. Together with the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism, WFTO members in Palestine will hold an open day for Fair Trade. The Institute for Community Partnership of the Bethlehem University and Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans will bring producers, government officials, volunteers, students and the public in the heart of Bethlehem to discuss Fair Trade and the Fair Trade movement in Palestine. The public event will be officially opened by the Minister of Tourism. The Fair Trade Principles will be translated and published in the leading newspaper and broadcast by the local TV station for all to read and view with an open invitation.  

These are samples of the many events that will take place on World Fair Trade Day. We invite you to be part of it. Please go to your nearest Fair Trade store and inquire how you can get involved. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website to learn more www.WFTDay.com.

(text from the WFTDay.com website)

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