Women have right to earn

Over the past two weeks, local communities across the UK have been raising awareness of the scandal that cocoa farmers from West Africa earn as little as 74p per day.

Friday, 8th March 2019, 12:00 pm

And following this year’s International Women’s Day I want to thank you all for standing in solidarity with us.

As the director of an Ivorian cocoa co-operative and a farmer myself, I can tell you that the reason your chocolate is so tasty is because women are behind it.

Sadly, in my country women do the lion’s share of the work, but often do not get paid.

A woman cocoa farmer typically wakes up at 5am, starts cleaning her house, walks to the well for water, cooks breakfast for her family, and then at 7am she is ready to go into the field.

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It is she who picks up the pods, who ferments the cocoa and who dries the beans in the hot sun.

But at the end of the day, she is left with nothing.

That is why the Fairtrade Foundation’s campaign says She Deserves a living income.

This is fundamentally unfair – we all deserve equal rights and the right to earn an income from our hard work.

Fairtrade is helping us to invest in and empower women cocoa farmers so they can become economically independent.

When you Choose fairtrade cocoa it makes a difference.

It helps us to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Awa Traoré

The Fairtrade Foundation