Fair Trade Principles in slow fashion and the economy

Fair trade principles state that through the intellectual and financial empowerment of individuals and through community building, advocacy and awareness campaigns, financial literacy and personal development programs, we can improve not just the quality of life but both industry and environmental standards.

One of the primary difficulties I encounter while advocating for trafficking victims and survivors is that the culture of stigma which allows this heinous crime against humanity to flourish and thrive also prevents those caught up in it from restoring their basic dignity and right to work, particularly with the way that the current prostitution legislation is written.

Simply for me to bring up the discussion that people are sold into the sex trade against their will with someone else is, according to the current prostitution legislation in Canada, itself an act of prostitution, even though I am advocating for better social protections and aftercare rather than promoting sex work as a method of “female empowerment.”  While I do not frown on sex work if that is indeed the only means to improve someone’s economic situation, it should not be the only means to do so, and unfortunately, as is too often the case, it currently is.

It should not be the situation that for so many women in the “developed” world, sex work – be in in the form of phone sex operations or as a cam girl – is the best option for “economic empowerment” which we as a society have to offer; nor should it be a routinely suggested form of employment, and yet it is currently both.

I have, for the past several years, been involved in combating the trafficking of human beings through several means – mainly through the avenues of advocacy and awareness – and I find that my role as an advocate for the trafficked has resulted in my own stigmatization by society, to the point that when I ask people if they have ideas for how I might be able to empower myself financially, they suggest sex work.  The irony is delicious; and would be extremely amusing if not for the fact that this is my life in question here and not a legal fiction.

Today I went shopping in town and bought a shawl and scarf ensemble and thought about the fact that it cost $54.00, and wondered how much the actual weaver of it made.  I picked up a watch for about #10.00 and a luxurious handmade leather embossed diary with handmade papers and a buckle with branding on the outside with leather strap for writing in for $59.00, and a trunk for $30.00.

I have been looking at wanted ads in Ontario and into the rental rates here and in Red Deer and in Ontario as well

One of the multiple advantage of cryptocurrency is because blockchains work on limited cell supply, they have to be transferred electronically which means that during the supply chain management model there only has to be one movement between the supplier and the end chain buyer.

Another advantage of digital economy is actually that between the point of sale and the designer and supplier, using a digital model actually means that there can be multiple design choices, with artisanshops in multiple locations using the same general models and buying the patent designs from the designers directly, so each luxury good bears the real name of its designer and they are appropriately remunerated at each step in the transaction process with a minimum amount of distance required for the transaction to occur.

 

 

 

 

 

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