FAIR TRADE AT FRONTIERS – SPEAKER EVENT with MARYAM BIBI

June 27, 2011

1st July 2011 – 7pm – 9pm – Quaker Meeting House, St Giles, Oxford. Free entry. Refreshments provided. All welcome.

Maryam Bibi, founder and director of Khwendo Kor, will be talking about the connections between fair trade, education and empowerment, peace and environmental sustainability in the Tribal Areas and former North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Maryam, together with three women friends, established Khwendo Kor (Pashto for ‘Sister’s Home’) in 1993. The organisation now works in over 300 villages to create strong and progressive communities.

The session will start with refreshments at 7.00pm, followed by an introduction and short video about the work of Khwendo Kor. Maryam will speak, followed by time for questions and answers and general discussions and further refreshments and conversation.

You can find out more about Khwendo Kor and Maryam’s work in many articles online: http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=maryam+bibi

Organised by Oxford City Fair Trade Coalition (OFTC) and UK Friends of Khwendo Kor (FROK) and with support from Oxford Quaker Meeting. Find out more at http://www.oxfairtrade.org.uk and http://www.frok.org.uk/.

A poster is attached that you can use to promote this event. Please circulate the details above to any networks you feel may be interested.

Maryam Bibi Event Poster-email 1.pdf

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This is ‘Your Fairtrade City’ Week!

June 19, 2011

We need your help to keep Oxford a Fairtrade City.

To renew our status as a Fairtrade City, we need to find out if we still have enough shops, restaurants and workplaces that provide two or more Fairtrade products.

How can you help?

This week – Help map Fairtrade provision in your area
Visit shops, restaurants and workplaces in your street or area to find out about their Fairtrade policy and provision.

Contact us on yourfairtradecity@gmail.com  to find out what we would like you to ask them and what information to give them if they don’t yet know about Fairtrade.

Saturday 25th – Join the Day of Action and Celebration  
10.30 am- 5 pm St Michael at the Northgate
Become a Fairtrade Treasure Hunter and explore the City Centre to discover Fairtrade treasure in as many shops, restaurants and workplace canteens as possible. Bring or send the information back to “base camp”, where other volunteers will update a giant Fairtrade Map of Oxford.

Free Fairtrade tea, coffee and snacks for Fairtrade Treasure Hunters! If you find a Golden Ticket in one of the shops/restaurants you win a prize!

Join us at the Far From the Madding Crowd pub in the evening to celebrate our Fairtrade City!

The information gathered will be fed into Oxford’s report to the Fairtrade Foundation, applying for renewal of our Fairtrade City status, and the map will be reproduced to provide Oxford residents and visitors with information about where to buy their Fairtrade goods.

Businesses, schools, colleges, public institutions, community groups and faith groups can also get involved. Visit the relevant pages on Your Fairtrade City page on the right or email us at the address below.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Sabita Banerji at yourfairtradecity@gmail.com


Oxford Fairtrade Hack-day: create something that makes a difference

June 15, 2011

Oxford Fairtrade Hack-day: create something in your Fair Trade City

Oxford is an official Fairtrade City. It’s not something we’re good at shouting about. But we were one of the first.

However, to stay a Fairtrade City we have to renew our ‘status’ every few years – and the next renewal is coming up. This year we want to make our renewal process a bit different. Instead of a just having a bunch of volunteers wander around a few shops with clipboards to check we have lots of places stocking Fair trade products for our renewal application, we want to take the information that’s collected on Oxford Fair Trade and:

Build some sort of online directory of what Fairtrade products you can get in Oxford and where;
Find a way for people to report Fairtrade-stocking retailers using their mobiles;
Find ways of crowdsourcing photos for Fairtrade retailers in Oxford;
Do lots of other cool things with the data we collect (like making maps that show the connection between shops in Oxford and suppliers the other side of the globe; mashing-up Fairtrade info with Daily Info data; linking up with local radio; creating custom QR coded stickers for retailers and lots more… limited only by our collective imaginations)

And for that we need your help. Building on the model of the Oxford Open Data Hack Day that was held in Oxford last year, on 25th June we’ll be in the space about the Fairtrade Shop on Cornmarket from 10am – 4pm to create interesting things with open fair trade data.

And we need you. We’re after hackers, coders, designers, people to help pull together data from our mapping volunteers and more.

We’ll be laying on food and refreshments. So – if you want to turn your skills to a project that can make a real difference – drop Tim a line: tim@practicalparticipation.co.uk and get involved.


EU leaders congratulate 1,000 Fair Trade Towns while the European Commission re-thinks EU policies

June 7, 2011

European Union leaders have spoken out for Fair Trade and congratulated the Fair Trade Towns movement as it reaches its 1000th Fair Trade Town. On Saturday 4 June 2011 Spain’s capital city Madrid joins the UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency Witney, amongst others, in reaching the status of the 1000th Fair Trade Town world wide, most of them in the EU. On this festive occasion the Fair Trade movement calls on the European Commission to reflect the EU citizens´ views in its upcoming legislative and policy proposals.

Mr Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, said: “Let me (…) congratulate you on the Fair Trade Towns campaign with almost 1000 Fair Trade Towns worldwide involved, the majority being in the EU. This is a perfect example of good cooperation between ! local authorities, NGOs, volunteers and consumers, all in support of Fair Trade (…) Fair Trade is not about charity: it is about making trade work for development, in particular marginalized producers and workers in the South”.

Mr Staffan Nilsson,President of the European Economic and Social Committee, said:I would (..) like to congratulate the community of Fair Trade Towns campaign connecting over one thousand local communities, and showing an excellent example of good cooperation between different actors all supporting Fair Trade. (…) Fair Trade has shown to be an important and effective contributor to poverty reduction, socially and economically empowering small scale producers.”

Ms Mercedes Bresso, President of the Committee of the Regions, said: “I am extremely happy to see that today 1000 cities, many of them members of the CoR (Committee of the Regions), are part of the Fair Trade movement. (…) The CoR is delighted with the development of Fair Trade and the growing readiness of Europe’s municipalities and regions to introduce environmental and social criteria into public procurement. This readiness is all the more important in the current financial and economic crisis”.

► Click HERE for the full texts of the congratulatory statements and photos of the three EU leaders.

The Fair Trade Towns movement started when the people in the small English market town of Garstang declared their community the world’s first Fair Trade Town at a public meeting in April 2000. This has grown to a worldwide movement that will reach 1000 on Saturday 4 June, most of them in the European Union. At 14h local time, the following municipalities will jointly declare as Fair Trade Towns: Kumamoto (Japan, the first Fair Trade Town in Asia), Greenwich (Connecticut, USA), Herne (Germany), Delft (The Netherlands), Kontich and Bilzen (Belgium), Madrid (Spain), Rutherglen and Cambuslang (Scotland, UK), as well as Witney (England, UK, constituency of Mr David Cameron, UK Prime Minister).

Mr David Cameron, as Member of Parliament for Witney (England, UK) congratulated the Fair Trade Town campaign in his constituency: “I am a big supporter of the Fairtrade Foundation – it is through trade we can help people to pull themselves out of poverty and ensure farmers and other producers get a fair price for their produce. Therefore, I am delighted that Witney has gained Fairtrade status and very proud that it is the 1000th international Fairtrade town. I look forward t! o visiting a fair-trade market in the near future."

The large number of Fair Trade Towns in the European Union reflects the increasing support of EU citizens and elected officials to Fair Trade. The sale of Fairtrade-certified products continued to report strong growth in 2010, with leading EU Member States being UK (40%, to £1.17bn), Germany (27%, to 340 million EUR) and Netherlands (37% – to 119.4 million EUR). As stated by the conclusions of a recent European Commission opinion poll “Europeans cannot be considered passive consumers: social and ethical concerns are among their criteria when buying a product or a service. This may need to be factored into decision-making relating to future trade policy priorities”.

The European Commission is expected to issue a number of EU policy and legislative proposals before the end of 2011 on trade and development, sustainable consumption and public procurement. The EU current policies and legislation date back from before the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. Article 3 of the new EU Treaty lays down that free and fair trade, sustainable development and poverty reduction are objectives of the European Union in its relations with the wider world.

The EU Institutions have already recognised the added value of Fair Trade in contributing to sustainable development. “The European Commission should now put in place a well-coordinated policy environment that enables consumers and public authorities across the EU, as well as marginalised producers and workers in the South, to choose Fair Trade”, stated Sergi Corbalán, Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office.

To mark the 1000th Fair Trade Town, a large number of individuals, organisations and Fair Trade Towns have signed up to a statement calling on G-20 leaders to ‘Make Trade Fair’, ahead of the G-20 Agricultural Ministers meeting to be held in Paris on 22-23 June 2011. The statement calls for action to ensure the current food system and agricultural trade flows contribute to, rather than hinder, sustainable agriculture and food security, in the South and in the North. This statement comes at an appropriate time also for the EU decision-making process as the EU Commissioners for Trade (Mr Karel De Gucht) and Development (Mr Andris Piebalgs) are expected to issue a joint policy EC proposal on trade and development before the end of 2011.

The Fair Trade movement has repeatedly argued that trade will not work for development unless the EU trade and development policies go further than the “business as usual” trade negotiations and development aid. “We call on the European Commission to look at the real practices of how International Trade is conducted, and put in place EU policies to encourage companies and consumers to make trade work for development”, said Sergi Corbalán.

The Fair Trade Advocacy Office speaks out for Fair Trade and trade justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers – especially in the South. The office is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International, the European Fair Trade Association (EFTA) and the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe (WFTO-Europe). These networks bring together over 2 million Fair Trade producers from more than 60 countries, 20 labelling initiatives, hundreds of specialized Fair Trade importers, 3,000 world shops and more than 100,000 volunteers.More information under: www.fairtrade-advocacy.org

Contact: Hilary Jeune – Fair Trade Advocacy Office. Rue Fernand Bernier 15 – 1060 Brussels – Belgium. Tel: +32 (0) 2 543 19 23. Email: jeune.


11th June Debate at WDM Conference in Oxford: Taking the biscuit: Is Fairtrade working?

June 6, 2011

Africa: exploitation and resistance

On the 11th June as part of the World Development Movement’s ‘ Africa: Exploitation and Resistance’ conference a panel will be taking place on the theme ‘Taking the biscuit: Is Fairtrade working?’. A description of the panel is below. The exact timing of this panel is not detailed on the WDM site.

Participation in the WDM conference is free, but registration is essential. You can register online at http://www.wdm.org.uk/africa-conference

Saturday 11th June
11am-6pm, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church,
New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH

Panel: Taking the biscuit: Is Fairtrade working?

The retail value of Fairtrade products in 2010 was over £1 billion in the UK alone. Fairtrade has gone mainstream, but is it really making an impact on poverty? Looking beyond controversial decisions over certification for Nestlé products, this session will debate the Fairtrade model and whether it can deliver economic justice and sustainable development.

  • Sophi Tranchell, managing director of Fairtrade chocolate company, Divine
  • Deborah Doane, director of the World Development Movement
  • Firoze Manji, editor in chief, Pambazuka News

FAIR TRADE AT FRONTIERS – SPEAKER EVENT with MARYAM BIBI

June 4, 2011

1st July 2011 – 7pm – 9pm – Quaker Meeting House, St Giles, Oxford. Free entry. Refreshments provided. All welcome.

Maryam Bibi, founder and director of Khwendo Kor, will be talking about the connections between fair trade, education and empowerment, peace and environmental sustainability in the Tribal Areas and former North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Maryam, together with three women friends, established Khwendo Kor (Pashto for ‘Sister’s Home’) in 1993. The organisation now works in over 300 villages to create strong and progressive communities.

The session will start with refreshments at 7.00pm, followed by an introduction and short video about the work of Khwendo Kor. Maryam will speak, followed by time for questions and answers and general discussions and further refreshments and conversation.

You can find out more about Khwendo Kor and Maryam’s work in many articles online: http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=maryam+bibi

Organised by Oxford City Fair Trade Coalition (OFTC) and UK Friends of Khwendo Kor (FROK) and with support from Oxford Quaker Meeting. Find out more at http://www.oxfairtrade.org.uk and http://www.frok.org.uk/.

A poster is attached that you can use to promote this event. Please circulate the details above to any networks you feel may be interested.

Maryam Bibi Event Poster-email 1.pdf


Fairtrade at St Michaels seeking part-time assistant shop manager

June 3, 2011

JOB VACANCY

TEMPORARY PART-TIME ASSISTANT SHOP MANAGER

This independent fairtrade shop in central Oxford is looking to appoint a part-time assistant shop manager from mid-August 2011. We expect this appointment to be for six months only.

We are looking for someone with a proven enthusiastic commitment to the principles and promotion of fair trade. The Assistant Manager will be responsible, on days worked, for organising and overseeing the smooth running of the shop, and for working with volunteers to maximise sales and deliver a high level of customer satisfaction.

Average hours per week: 19
Normal days of work: Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Saturdays

For a full job description and application form, please call in at the shop or email the secretary at fair-trade@btconnect.com (heading your email ‘assistant manager post’)

Closing date for applications extended to Tuesday June 14th