Mitch Teberg, MAAssociate Member
Empowerment takes place as individual women andgroups of women move between levels,gaining strengthalong theway;
Empowerment occurs in the Process of Social Change
.Now, review Fair Trade Principles locate them on this matrix with Longwe’s Framework and wecan see exactly howFair Trade can function utilizing a Rights-Based Approach:
Longwe’sWomen’sEmpowerment FrameworkFair Trade Principle
seeks a balanceof power
between women andmen, so that neither is in aposition of dominance. It meansthat women have power alongsidemen to influence their destiny and that of their society.
The organizationactivelypromotes applications from women for jobvacancies and for leadership positionsWomen’scollective analysis of gender issues, and thecollectivecommitment to action.
Redefining participation indecisionmaking
, asparticipation of a mobilized groupwill spark the search for empowerment at yet another level
Women fully participate indecisions concerning the use of benefitsaccruing from the production process; Theorganization respects the right of allemployees to form and join trade unions of their choice and to bargain collectively.
The organization findsappropriate, participatory ways to involveemployees, members and producers in itsdecision-making processes.
A fair price is one that hasbeen mutually agreed by all throughdialogue and participation; equal pay for equal work by women and men.Understanding of the differencebetween sex roles and gender roles; division of labour should befair andagreeable to both sides,and not based on the dominationof one over the other.Accessnow pertains to
women’s accessto factors of production, land,labour, credit, training,marketing facilities, and allpublicly available services andbenefits
-on an equal basis withmen.
The organization providesopportunities for women and men todevelop their skills; in production situationswhere women's work is valued less highlythan men's work, women's work is re-valued to equalize pay rates and womenare allowed to undertake work according totheir capacities.
The organization develops theskills and capabilities of its own employeesor members; Organizations working directlywith small producers develop specificactivities to help theseproducers improvetheir management skills, productioncapabilities and access to markets
(When a pre-payment isreceived) from buyers, (the organization)ensure that this payment is passed on to