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
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 comiled 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.