Fairtrade Fortnight (24/2 to 8/3) this year is all about women, cocoa and the need for living incomes. We’re going to be telling the stories of women farmers in West Africa and how hard they work for far less than a living income. The focus is on women’s rights but also on the ways that the changing climate is making farmers’ lives harder and threatening supplies. Everyone knows that Fairtrade is about a fair price but it’s also about building communities, human rights, empowering women and tackling the climate crisis.
Fairtrade can change lives but we need far more people to ask for and buy Fairtrade products!
In Portsmouth our events include:
- An information stall with free bananas and chocolate to try in the Cascades Shopping Centre on Wed 26th Feb
- A display, quiz and banana give-away in the Civic Offices Café
- A Fairtrade breakfast at St Thomas’s Cathedral on Sunday 23rd Feb
- Stall of Fairtrade goods in St Simons Church, Waverley Road, Southsea on Sunday 23rd Feb after church. Service is at 10,30 so probably from 12md.
- Stalls at three local events for International Women’s Day including an event organised by the Cross Cultural Women’s Group, an event with Chat over Chai and a film at Portsmouth Film Society – Woman at War
- Promoting the Fairtrade Chocolate song produced by the Portsmouth Music Hub. This will be shown on the Big Screen
- Talks at St Edmund’s and St John’s schools
- A coffee morning at Christ Church Milton on Friday 28th Feb from 10-12
- Caritas event for International Women’s Day at St John’s Cathedral with Fairtrade talk and stall. 6th March 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Find out more here
- Activities in local schools and churches, including talk and showing chocolate song at Cosham Baptist church.
On Thursday 27th Feb, we’ll have an information stall and will be giving out bananas in the Meridian centre from 9.30 until about 11.00.
On 27/2 Maureen is hosting a supper Club on CAFOD and Fairtrade
On Saturday 29th there’ll be a Fairtrade Tea Party from 3.00 to 5.00pm in International House, Emsworth Methodist Church, with a small Traidcraft stall and with Palestinian goods for sale. Free entry. More inofrmation from Patricia 01243 378560.
Also on Saturday 29th, we’re having a Fairtrade supper and evening of story-telling at Havant United Reformed Church from 7.00 to 9.00. A plant-based meal using Fairtrade ingredients. Stories, film, stalls, singing provided by members of the Africappella group. Tickets £5 from Sue 07752 427408 or from the church or any member of the group
On March 3rd from 8.30 to 11.so Jenny is organising a Fairtrade breakfast and coffee morning at St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Road, Hayling Island.
On Friday 6th March, the Mayor of Havant is hosting a Fairtrade coffee morning 10.30am-12noon in the Hurstwood Room, Public Service Plaza, Havant. Tickets £2.50, pay on door.
Waterlooville library – display booked for Feb
In Fareham, there’ll be a Fairtrade information stall in the shopping centre
To organise something yourself check out the Fairtrade Fortnight Guide from the Fairtrade Foundation
Events in Gosport
Sunday 23 February – 10.00-13.00 – tree planting
Meet up at Grange Farm to plant trees with Scouts and Cubs. Join us in the barn afterwards for a Fairtrade celebration party with Fairtrade hot chocolate and other Fairtrade refreshments; displays and a quiz.
Thursday 5 March 14.30-16.30 – Mayor’s Fairtrade Tea Party
This is a ticket only event hosted by the Mayor in the Town Hall Council Chamber. If you would like an invitation, please contact us here. (Preference will be given to those representing local organisations or local branches of National organisations).
Fairtrade refreshments, a Fairtrade Biscuit making competition, displays, talks and stories about women cocoa farmers, quiz and raffle.