Reception forTwo Nicaraguan Women Working with Women’s Fair Trade Coffee Coops - May 7, 2008
Please join us for an informal RECEPTION and DISCUSSION with Diana Martinez and Rosa Amelia Centeno, guests
View an online gallery of La FEM coffee growers.from the Fundacion Entre Mujeres - Among Women Foundation (FEM), Nicaragua.
The reception will take place in The Windows Room at The Faculty Club May 7, 2008 at 4:00p.m.
Please come to welcome our guests and share a Fair Trade beverage.
RSVP: Miranda Pfeifer at miranda.pfeifer or 966-7909 by May 2, 2008.
People and agencies organizing / supporting the visit include: College of Medicine Internationalization Committee, former students of Global Health II (CH&Ep 412.3), Engineers Without Borders, Oxfam, SCIC, The National Farmer’s Union, Centre for the Study of Cooperatives, and the Canadian Cooperative Association.
INFORMATION on visit of FEM to U of S:
The North Saskatchewan Fair Trade Network and the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the U of S are co-sponsoring a visit of two Nicaraguan women working with rural women’s coops growing Fair Trade Coffee. The visit will take place during National Fair Trade weeks (May 1-15, 2008). Funding has been secured through the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) and the College of Medicine Internationalization Committee. A number of educational events will be taking place, including a film night and coffee house in a community venue (St. James Church on May 9th). Meetings with University faculty and researchers are also scheduled.
All U of S students who have taken the course CH&EP 412.3 (Global Health II-Selected Issues in Nicaragua) have been hosted and worked alongside of FEM in one of the communities where it works. The reception will be a chance to informally share those experiences, and return the hospitality that they have generously offered our students. As well the reception is a personal chance to meet fair trade coffee producers and learn more about their work. Simultaneously, we hope that the reception and informal discussion will offer a chance for U of S faculty, students, administration and staff to discuss what actions have taken place or could occur at the U of S to support Fair Trade.
Fundación Entre Mujeres (FEM) is a local organization that works for and with rural women in thirteen rural communities surrounding Estelí, Nicaragua. FEM works through integrated gender-responsive literacy, health, eco-agricultural, and women’s leadership development programs. FEM also promotes and markets organic Fair Trade (FT) coffee produced by women-owned and operated cooperatives in those communities. The visit offers a rare opportunity to engage with women FT coffee producers and to learn about what makes their particular form of organization unique. As well, the visit offers a chance to learn more about gender issues in Nicaragua and about women’s movements linked to the FT movement.