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Valuing unpaid labour in community Fair Trade products: a Nicaraguan case study from The Body Shop International

Valuing unpaid labour in community Fair Trade products: a Nicaraguan case study from The Body Shop International
14 pages

Authors
Butler, Felicity

Editors
Sweetman, Caroline
Journal
Gender & Development Volume 22 Issue 3 Care

Publication date
10 Nov 2014

DOI
10.1080/13552074.2014.963347

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Routledge

Type
Journal article

This article discusses insights from a research study of an innovative community Fair Trade initiative which has a pricing model that recognises the unpaid work of women. It argues that women’s unpaid work represents an important input into production and should be valued and renumerated. This initiative is a joint project between The Body Shop International and its partner, Cooperativa Juan Francisco Paz Silva, a sesame producing co-operative in Nicaragua. By recognising the unpaid work of women, which has always been taken for granted, the project highlights gender equality and calls it into question. The findings of the research study show that despite the uneven impact of Fair Trade on gender and the household, the recognition of the unpaid work of women in the price, coupled with other enabling factors, can have a positive impact. This has implications for governments, companies, and development policymakers and practitioners. This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the Gender and Development website.

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