Join us for a 40-minute webinar with host Catherine David, Head of Commercial Partnerships at the Fairtrade Foundation.
Featuring an expert panel:
- Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
Lawyer, Founder of Women in Leadership Publication; Political & Women’s rights activist.
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, writer, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media. A political & women’s rights activist, she has taught intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinizes government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective; and coorganises women’s marches and social campaigns. She founded the Women in Leadership publication as a platform to drive positive change on topical issues that impact women globally through inspiring personal leadership journeys; and established She@LawTalks to promote women & BAME leadership in the legal profession through universities and secondary schools. An academic enthusiast, she has an Executive MBA (Cambridge); PhD (Birkbeck); LLM (London School of Economics & Political Science); MA (Westminster) and LLB Hons (Buckingham University).
Social media: @SholaMos1
- Anne-Marie Yao:
Anne-Marie Yao, affectionately known as Mama Cocoa by the farmers she works with, is Fairtrade’s Regional Cocoa Manager for Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Formerly a Senior Consultant at Fairtrade International, in her current role Anne-Marie develops, coordinates and implements Fairtrade cocoa strategy. She works with producers on achieving the current market demands, increasing volume and creating lasting impact for communities and farmers, through farmer capacity building and through the farmers’ use of the Fairtrade Premium from cocoa sales. Anne-Marie is also the Gender Champion for Fairtrade in the West Africa region where she oversees the implementation of the Women’s School of Leadership (WSOL) in Cote d’Ivoire, an initiative funded by COOP UK and Compass as partners, to empower women and provide them with alternative skills for income generating activities. This initiative enables female and male farmers to fight for equality in their communities, giving them the self-confidence and knowledge to stand up for themselves, their children and women in the community. They teach valuable business skills, and the importance of educating their children – both boys and girls – to encourage a change in mindsets that will influence future generations.
What to expect:
Standing with the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for social justice, we’ll be discussing systemic inequality in trade and hearing about the consequences of it for the most vulnerable farmers, workers and miners. In particular, we’ll be looking at the women who grow our cocoa and why only 25 percent of women cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire own land.
Trade in 2020 is built on a history of colonialism and the exploitation of women and people of colour across the world. We’ll be discussing the implications of this legacy for the businesses of today and exploring what needs to happen to create a fairer, more sustainable system.
Our panellists will share the perspectives of women today who inherited this unjust system and what they are doing to correct the gender bias, as well as what actions we can all take to choose the world that we want to live in. We’ll finish with a Q&A session so have your questions at the ready.
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