Friday, October 7, 2016

International Day of the Girl Child

Girls are our future.

On 11th October, join global efforts to ensure a world free of discrimination for young women and girls for International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme focuses on adolescent girls and the Sustainable Development Goals, which set targets on gender equality to be achieved by 2030.

As a vulnerable demographic in many developing countries, adolescent girls face social, economic and political barriers. While they hold the potential to become leaders and create change, this can be hindered by factors such as unwanted pregnancy, forced early marriage, gender-based violence and limited access to higher education and reproductive health services.

Many of the producers and projects that the Fair Trade WA Oxfam Group supports are empowerment focussed organisations for women, aiming to end the inequalities in their community. The income from handicrafts produced by the artisans from YWCA in Dhaka, Bangladesh benefits women through providing a vital family income, teaching many to read and write for the first time, opening up access to subsidised health care, and creating a savings programme to offer interest free loans.

Friday, September 2, 2016

International Literacy Day - 8th of September

2016 is the 50th anniversary of World Literacy Day, an opportunity to highlight and promote literacy education amongst individuals, communities and societies.  This year’s theme is ‘Sky’s the Limit’ recognising the growing digital divide in education with and between countries.

While global literacy rates continue to rise as a result of technological change, increased recognition by governments and the on the ground efforts of NGO’s like Oxfam, there are still huge disparities in the access to education around the world.

India has the largest share of illiterate adults worldwide, around 287 million people, many of whom are young girls and women. This has a ripple effect through the community, as their children are likely to suffer from the same disadvantages.

Come into the Oxfam Fair Trade WA shop to see our range of Indian handicrafts and accessories. The proceeds go towards Oxfam Australia’s programs that aim to end inequalities and lift people out of poverty. Improving education and literacy is one of the ways we can achieve this.  
You can also contribute through our Oxfam Unwrapped Gift Cards, a program which directly links your support with improving the lives of those in disadvantaged and developing communities. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

'One Humanity'

There are over 130 million people around the world who are in need of humanitarian assistance. Helping and empowering these communities takes a team of dedicated and passionate humanitarian workers, many of whom risk their lives each and every day.

World Humanitarian Day lets us recognise those on the ground in developing countries and at the frontline of creating change. This year’s celebration is inspired by the theme of ‘One Humanity’, which focuses on how the world can come together to advocate for a more equal and humane society. Oxfam Australia has volunteers and humanitarian aid workers that mobilise when a natural disaster strikes or who are part of the community they are helping, in areas affected by poverty, civil war or natural disasters.  

The Fair Trade WA Oxfam Group supports the humanitarian programs carried out by Oxfam Australia around the world, through selling fair trade sourced products and by raising awareness of global issues in the local community.

Come into the shop in Bayswater, to see how buying fair trade can help to make a big difference.

Or see how you can get involved with Oxfam at

Friday, August 5, 2016

Indigenous Peoples Day

August 9th, International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples!!
Objective is to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world's estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.
One of the deep lessons that we have learned from our partners in indigenous communities is the importance of “Living Well”.
Things YOU can do that would make a difference to Indigenous People around the world:
• Make Your Voice Heard about Indigenous Peoples' Rights.
• Raise awareness about Indigenous Rights and International Human Rights Mechanisms
• Raise Awareness about Endangered Indigenous Languages.

Please show your support to help the Indigenous Communities buy purchasing their products from our Fair Trade Shop.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Education out of Poverty

World Youth Skills Day, on the 15th of July, is an opportunity to recognise the importance of education and training for communities around the world.  

Inaugurated by WorldSkills International and the United Nations, the focus of the program is on the world’s youth, especially those is developing nations. According to the UN, young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and 125 million youths are working, but still live in extreme poverty.

The goal of providing educational and training facilities is to reduce unemployment and underemployment among youth, lifting many out of poverty and securing them personal growth and independence.

The Fair Trade WA Oxfam Shop supports a number of initiatives and enterprises that aim to inspire and support communities who have traditionally not had access to basic and ongoing education.

One example is the Helping Hands Project in Bolivia, which assists financially disadvantaged students in La Paz, providing them with the opportunity to receive an education and achieve independence. In 2016, through donations, volunteers and individual sponsorships, Helping Hands has been able to assist 90 students into attending high school and post-secondary education.

Come and see the wristbands handcrafted by the students in our Fair Trade Shop.

Friday, June 24, 2016


From the 3rd to the 10th of July we celebrate NAIDOC week, a time to recognise the history, culture, achievements and the contribution made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s to our country and society.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

The 2016 NAIDOC theme is ‘Songlines’, to celebrate the living narrative of our nation and the oldest continuing culture on the planet. The Songlines are the journeys created during the Dreamtime that connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art.

We encourage all Australians to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week. The Fair Trade WA Oxfam shop in Bayswater supports NAIDOC week and also stocks a range of products from Indigenous Australian enterprises.

Outback Pride continues the ‘Songlines’, connecting Aboriginal groups to utilise the knowledge and tradition of gathering bush food, producing herbs, spices, jams and syrups.

Better World Arts is a sustainable cross cultural project between Aboriginal artists and the Kashmir region of India. The handicrafts such as key rings, bookmarks and jewellery boxes empower both communities economically and culturally.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Saying Sorry to the Stolen Generations

The 26th of May is National Sorry Day, a time to reflect on the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians throughout the country’s history.

The term “Stolen Generations” refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who were forcibly removed, as children, from their families by government, welfare or church authorities and placed into institutional care or with non-Indigenous foster families. The forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children began as early as the mid-1800s and continued until the 1970s.

The first Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998—exactly one year after the Bringing Them Home Report was presented to the Parliament. The Bringing Them Home Report was the result of an inquiry into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, and recommended both an apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and reparations.

In the Fair Trade WA Oxfam Group Shop, we support a number of enterprises that aim to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Come into the shop to see our range of sauces, jams and seasonings by Outback Pride, or the handmade Murrorong Aboriginal Jewellery.