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Changing women's lives? Empowerment and aspirations of fair trade workers in South India

Ange P., Ballet J., Carimentrand A., Marius-Gnanou K.. 2019. Journal of Global Ethics, 15 (1) : p. 32-44.

Fair trade is a new form of commercial partnership whereby actors in the North engage with actors in the South on a number of conditions, including setting a minimum price, a development bonus, and so on. But above all, fair trade organizations in the South are implementing mechanisms that more or less facilitate the empowerment of their members. This article analyzes the empowerment effects of two fair trade organizations in South India. It shows that while positive effects can be seen, the prevailing social norms in India are extremely influential for women at the moment, so that women are putting all their hopes on their daughters through their education.

Mots-clés : Éthique; Éducation des filles; industrie textile; femme; autonomisation; fair trade [en]; inde; commerce équitable

Thématique : Commerce, commercialisation et distribution; Agro-industrie

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