Women & Fair Trade Festival  November 21 & 22, 2015, Austin, Texas

Women on the Border joins our sister organization Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera in celebrating the 12th Annual Women and Fair Trade Festival.  Join us for community, fun, and fair trade crafts from around the world.  Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, at The First Unitarian Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX 78756.  Click here for more information about the Women & Fair Trade Festival.  Or connect with the Festival on Facebook.  Nos vemos p’aca!

Watch this website for information on future Women & Fair Trade events.

Background Information

In the Global Economy today, it often appears that  families, children, workers, and natural resources like air and water don’t matter.  People often ask when they come to understand what a maquiladora or sweatshop does to hardworking people in poorer countries,  “What can I do?”

You can promote, support and buy fair trade.

If you’re an investor (e.g., if you have retirement funds) you can put your money into socially responsible corporations — companies that have a commitment not to hurt people or the environment, buyers and sellers who are committed to making all of the human links in the chain of production from factory or land to buyer and consumer free of abuse, discrimination and destruction of the environment.

It’s that simple.

Thank you.

Women and  Fair Trade — Not all maquiladoras are sweatshops.

D & J FactoryAre all maquiladoras sweatshops?

No.  Any factory can operate as a fair and free trade workplace.  The management simply have to commit to decent terms and conditions of employment.

This is a photo of women once employed by a NAFTA factory.  They now get decent wages, time to care for their children and decent work schedules.  Fábrica Dignidad y Justice (D&J) is housed in the building of the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras (CFO) (Committee of Women Border Workers), a Mexico-based grassroots nonprofit that teaches workers how to fight for their rights in the workplace under Mexican labor law.