On Friday 3rd April Samia and Hadas from Sinyanna of Galilee visited Oxford to share their story of working to promote Fair Trade and to support economic development for Arabs inside Israel.
Sindyanna is a Fair Trade organisation led by women striving for a social change. It works with the Arab population in the Galilee region, northern Israel, and seeks to help growers and producers from the Palestinian Occupied Territories. We learnt from Samia and Hadas how Arab farmers inside Israel struggle to find work and sell their products – and how Sindyanna and the Workers Advice Centre (http://www.wac-maan.org.il/) have been campaigning for legislative change to support Arab workers.
We also heard how Sindyanna combine their commercial activity with work in the community, enhancing Arab women’s empowerment while developing the olive industry. We also heard about how Samia and Hadas had come work with Sindyanna – coming from different backgrounds to share a common goal of empowering women and contributing to economic development amongst Arab farmers inside Israel.
From the Sindyanna website:
“Sindyanna symbolizes a unique cooperation between Arabs and Jews, striving to strengthen the economy of the Arab-Palestinian population, both in Israel and in the Occupied Territories. Sindyanna is not only a means of helping farmers and growers from the South, but also a way of showing that a solution to the Middle East conflict starts at opening real economic opportunities.”
You can find more about Sindyanna on their website here: http://www.sindyanna.com/
The meeting was joint organised by Oxford City Fairtrade Coalition and Fellowship of Reconciliation, (More photos here)