Mitch Teberg, MAAssociate Member
Over the past several posts I have been emphasizing the importance of integrating a Rights-Based Approach to Fair Trade as a means of empowerment.
When an organization utilizes aRights-Based Approach they recognize poverty as injustice and includesmarginalization, discrimination, and exploitation as central causes of poverty.
Tointegrate a Rights-Based Approach is to strengthen our trade partners not only in traderelations, but in their quality of life; toenjoy the freedoms internationally recognized as inherentto all human beings.The first step towards empowerment is raising awareness of these rights. Unfortunately, the factremains that for many of our producers their rights are not well known; theUniversal Declarationof Human Rights remains an abstract idea, an international convention far from their immediatereality. Admittedly, the same is true for many Fair Trade supporters, retailers, importers, buyersand consumers. It is time for change.
OnSaturday, December 10, 2011 the world celebrates Human Rights Day.
Considering thestrong ties to our global movement, Fair Trade should be leading the way in recognizing theimportance of this day! Regardless if you are a Fair Trade producer group, animporter, a coffeeroaster, or a retailer, let's celebrate this day of international recognition of our human rights!