Yesterday’s event at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland brought together several diverse organisations who were all committed to raising awareness of women’s issues on a local and international level.
Managing Director, Patricia Alexander spoke about why fair trade is so important to women’s producer groups around the world. Patricia spoke of her trip to Rwanda, where she met many women who had been impacted by the genocide. For the women who were widowed, becoming self-sufficient was their only option, and by forming fair trade co-operatives many of these groups are thriving. With the help of the Shared Interest Foundation project we have provided business skills training to many groups, which we estimate has impacted 9000 individuals.
The event was closed with a fair trade coffee on the roof of the National Glass Centre, one of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings. It’s well worth a visit if you’ve never been before, and of course you can treat yourself to a Fairtrade beverage in the café.
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