International Women’s Day Campaign 2017: What are your Fair Chances at work?
“Today women are still suffering from unequal treatment and discrimination everywhere in the world. Now it is the time to stop it!Take a step forward and support the Fair Trade movement in its constant fight for gender equity, women’s economic empowerment and good working conditions as stated in the 10 Fair Trade principles.”
– Francesca Giubilo, WFTO-Europe Coordinator
On the 8th of March we commemorate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the globe. We have witnessed remarkable accomplishments in the last years with regards to gender equality and women empowerment but despite all the progress made in the fight for women’s rights, gender inequality is still an issue that persists in different domains, especially in the workplaces.
The World Fair Trade Organization-Europe acknowledges the importance of the role women play in the society and especially in the working life having as one of its core principles, principle number 6; ‘’No discrimination, gender equity and freedom of association.’’ The WFTO and its members are fully committed to promoting gender equality and to recognize the potential of women and the need for their economic empowerment. Principle number 6 represents our efforts to ensure equal treatment and opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender.
How our standards promote gender equality at the workplace:
- We ensure that our member organizations do not discriminate based on gender during the recruitment process.
- The organizations must have a clear policy to promote gender equality that ensures that women as well as men have the ability to gain access to the resources that they need to be productive and also the ability to influence the wider policy, regulatory, and institutional environment that shapes their livelihoods and lives.
- Workers must not be discriminated based on their civil status
- Members of the WFTO must recognize full employment rights and is committed to ensuring that women receive their full statutory employment benefits.
- The organization must take into account the special health and safety needs of pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers.