International Women's Day
The "Women in Global Perspective" class (WMST 2020) was taught by KC Gott. A main focus of this class was The International Women's Day, which is an annual event that recognizes different women and the perspectives of women all over the world. This semester her class decided to look into ETSU's fair trade policy. The class researched the availability of fair trade products and initiated a fair trade petition for the ETSU students. They even distributed information about organic food to help students live a healthier lifestyle. Overall, this class was a learning experience that enabled students to gain knowledge about fair trade that has the potential to help others understand this important issue.
Where can you get fair trade products?
Fair Trade Certified products are served at many national cafes and restaurants. Some examples include:
--Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops (Ask for Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee or Coffee Heath Bar
Crunch ice cream.
--Caribou Coffee - Ask for the Fair Trade Blend
--Dunkin' Donuts - Order any hot or iced expresso drink
--Starbucks Coffee - Ask for Cafe Estima
--According to the Department of Labor, over 50% of U.S.garment factories are sweatshops. Many sweatshops are run in this country's apparel centers: California, New York, Dallas, Miami and Atlanta.
--A news report compiled by UNITE shows patterns of abuse in 43 Gap factories across 3 continents including desperately low wages, unsafe working conditions, physical abuse, sexual harassment and harsh repression when they stand up for their rights.
--In Cambodia, a union leader was severely beaten with an iron pipe outside Gap's factory gates for leading a worker's strike against miserable working conditions and low pay.
-- J.Crew, despite relying on numerous California garment shops for manufacturing of apparel, is not a registered apparel manufacturer in the state, allowing them to duck out of state labor and health conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor has found that 61% of LA garment shops violate wage and hour regulations and 96% violate health and safety regulations.