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Fair trade’s impact on women to be examined

The approaching holidays and related buying season offer a perfect time to learn about the impact of fair trade and how holiday spending impacts women around the globe.

“Gender and Fair Trade: Women in Developing Nations — an HWS AIDemocracy Leadership Summit,” will allow students to examine those issues and more on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Albright Auditorium.

Colleen M. Carpinella '09 and the other organizers hope to host 100 participants from these Colleges and an equal number from other colleges and the surrounding community. The summit will focus on the connections between fair trade and gender, the best way to empower women in developing nations and how students can become involved in fair trade in their personal lives and at school.

Marceline White, executive director of Americans for Informed Democracy, will be the keynote speaker from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Workshops will follow, led by students and including ways to start discussions with their peers, coordinate events around fair trade or organize campaigns to get fair trade products on campus.

White has more than 17 years of experience in management, fundraising, advocacy and organizing. She is an expert in international trade, gender and development, labor rights, environmental justice, non-profit management and youth engagement. She is the former Deputy Director of the Greater Access to Trade Expansion Project, funded by USAID’s Office of Women and Development.

A published poet and visual artist, she received her bachelor's in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public and International Affairs.

Among the confirmed panelists are Edward Kowalewski, professor of international business at University at Buffalo and head of international trade and investment for Empire State Development; and Debbie Naybor, organizer of the non-profit group With Both Your Hands, which raises money to start businesses and build schools in Africa.

A sustainable and fair trade breakfast and lunch will be available so that participants can immediately interact with fair trade products.

The conference is free for students to attend. Registration is available by visiting Conference.