It's been fourteen years since Oxford was granted Fair Trade City status, and Oxford's Fairtrade Coalition is celebrating and promoting this achievement with the annual Oxford Fairtrade Fortnight. Running from 26th February to 11th March, the Oxford Fairtrade Fortnight features lectures, workshops, and informal foodie gatherings that aim to spread the word about Fairtrade and ensure that Oxford remains a leader in offering Fairtrade alternatives for a wide variety of products.
Highlights of this year's event include an exhibition at the Botanic Gardens, which features many of the plants used to make Fairtrade products. This exhibition is free with your entry ticket, and is being held in the Palm House from 26th February to 11th March.
To learn more about the role of women growers and producers in the Fairtrade movement, head along to Women's Voices in Fairtrade at Christ Church, The Undercroft Bar, on 6th March at 7pm. The Fairtrade Coalition are screening a short film about women cocoa growers in Ghana, which will be followed by a panel discussion.
Fashionistas can attend a talk by Feng Ho, an ethical fashion designer who collaborates with Fairtrade businesses to ensure that her clothes are produced without the exploitation of textile workers that is so common in the fashion industry. This talk takes place on 1st March at 7.30pm at The Barns Café in Abingdon.