She Deserves. Fairtrade and a Living Wage

Fairtrade Fortnight 25/2 to 10/3 – She Deserves

This year (the 25th anniversary of Fairtrade), the emphasis is on cocoa, empowering women and a living wage. Cocoa prices have dropped dramatically and this really highlights the scandal of unfair trade.

There are lots of suggestions and resources on the Fairtrade Foundation website and quite a lot involve eating chocolate or cake!  It’s easy to turn coffee mornings and tea parties into Fairtrade events or to hold a bake sale to raise funds. Help let people know about the positive impact of FT chocolate

The resources include short films and worship materials and there are lots of exciting new chocolate products to try as well as great cake recipes

You can find out about the events planned for our area on this site or follow is on Facebook: Fairtrade SE Hants

The new campaign is an ambitious three year one to introduce a living income for all. She Deserves a living income, the new campaign, will highlight the things we might take for granted (including treats like chocolate!) in a world where many farmers and workers can’t afford life’s essentials.

This year Fairtrade is encouraging shoppers to buy more Fairtrade because farmers deserve a fair deal – one that leads to them earning a living income.

Fairtrade has done much to improve the lives of many, but it’s not enough, fast enough. Many farmers – both men and women – are underpaid and exploited. That means they can’t earn enough for the basics many of us take for granted, including food, education and housing.

A living income is a fundamental goal for Fairtrade, and nowhere is the need for a living income more clear than in the cocoa industry. Europe is the world’s biggest importer of cocoa yet 70% of that cocoa is produced in West Africa, and 43% of worldwide output comes from the Côte d’Ivoire, where one in six of the population is employed in the cocoa sector. Yet a shocking 60% of all cocoa farmers live below the poverty line.

That’s why, starting this Fairtrade Fortnight, you can help.

Stand up for farmers this Fairtrade Fortnight and look for Fairtrade chocolate to show you believe that ‘She Deserves’.  

Some events already planned

Wed 20th Feb Fairtrade coffee morning at St Joseph, West St, Havant with pancakes and a Fairtrade workshop 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.


Sat 23rd Feb Big Brew 40th Birthday party for Traidcraft. From 2.30-4.30pm International Hall Emsworth Methodist Church All welcome


Sun 24 Feb Fairtrade breakfast St Thomas Cathedral . This will be between the two morning services – roughly 8.30 to 10.15 and after the 10.30 service – about 11.30 t0 12.15.


Tuesday 26 Feb 10.30-12 Fairtrade Coffee morning, hosted by the Mayor of Havant in The Plaza
















Tue 26 Feb From 9.30 a.m. Fairtrade chocolate event at Wild Thyme Wholefoods in Palmerston Rd, Southsea. Drinks, Cake, chocolate-tasting





Wed 27 Feb Group from Admiral Lord Nelson School attending Parliamentary Reception in London with members of the Portsmouth Fairtrade group


Thurs 28 Feb 9.30 am to 11.30 a.m Fairtrade stall with free Fairtrade bananas Meridian Centre, Havant. With the Mayor of Havant.


Thur 28 Feb Fairtrade coffee morning Havant United Reformed Church 10-12. Traidcraft and Help Palestine stalls plus visit by the Mayor and Lady Mayoress


  Fri 1st March Fairtrade stall and free bananas in Cascades shopping Centre, Portsmouth from 9 a.m.

Come and find out more about Fairtrade and try a free banana donated by Fyffes.



Fri. 1st March Town Hall, Gosport,  2.30 – 4.30 p.m. – invitation only as space is limited ( contact us at Gosport, to find out if any places are available) – Mayor’s Fairtrade Tea Party – speaker: Cheryl McGechie, Director of Public Engagement at the Fairtrade Foundation.




Tue 5/3  Fairtrade Breakfast St Mary’s Hayling Island 8.30 a.m. to 11.45. To celebrate Havant’s 10 years as a Fairtrade Borough and Traidcraft’s 40th birthday. Try Fairtrade products. Goods on sale too.  No charge – collection.



Tue 5/3 7 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Soup and Pancakes – Havant United Reformed Church, Elm Lane, Havant, PO9 1PP.   7pm to 9pm. Speaker: Chrysi Dimaki from the Fairtrade Foundation Campaigns team on #She Deserves. A range of soups plus Fairtrade toppings for pancakes.

Tickets in advance £5 from the church or Sue on 92250267 or Maureen 01243377411.








Wed. 6th March,  1.30– 2pm – Catholic Women’s League meeting at St. John the Evangelist, Lee-on-the-Solent will include a talk about Fairtrade with a focus on women cocoa producers, and a stall of Fairtrade goods for sale


Thurs 7th March.12-1  Fairtrade give-away at Christ Church URC Milton Portsmouth.



Friday 8th March 10-12 Fairtrade Coffee Morning for International Women’s Day, hosted by Stephen Morgan MP at his constituency office 72 Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2SL. Just drop in.


Sat. 9th March, 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. – “SHE DESERVES FAIRTRADE – You deserve chocolate!”  – a free, family-friendly event focusing on all things chocolate – informative and fun with: chocolate tasting, films and displays, Traidcraft stall, games, activities and challenges, quiz, and a raffle with Fairtrade prizes. At: Gosport Discovery Centre (in the Clarence Room). The Bookworm Cafe will be offering Fairtrade refreshments throughout Fairtrade Fortnight..