Successful Fair Trade Fashion Show Benefits Youth for Human Rights Florida and the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking
The following is an example of how to raise awareness for trafficking and how to combat the problem through fair trade. Religios groups mentioned in the following are explicitly not evaluated, neither positively nor negatively.
The Church of Scientology in Tampa had more than a hundred visitors for the 1. "Colors of the World"- Fashion Show, showcasing models from ages three to thirty-five in stylish outfits created using fair trade practices, and eco-friendly.
The emcee of the event, Joanie Sigal, was quoted in a discussion about what 'fair trade practices' truly meant. She said, that many think that it means decent wages and that's it. However, she then continued, that "it means a lot more". She explained, that the Fair Trade movement encourages standards for humane labour conditions as well as encouraging environmentalism, fair pricing, social policy and last but not least, community development. The event went very well, even earning the support of Tampa's Mayor, Bob Buckhorn, who proclaimed the day to officially become a holiday-- “Youth for Human Rights Florida and Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Stop Human Trafficking Awareness Day.”, and featured entertainment from singer/songwriters John Gold and Jessy Leros.
The show also proved to be very educational; during their walks, the models carried small or huge signs with information about the crime of human trafficking, and projection screens supplemented the information with additional facts about how fair trade positively impacts workers and their families. One of the biggest examples that was featured explained how fair trade practices - including paying living wages and keeping workplaces safe, and children out of them - allowed families to grow and flourish, making sure children live safely to become educated and successful adults.
The positive energy throughout the entire event began before attendees even made it into the Chapel of the host's Church, where they were treated to multinational dishes from around the world. The Church was redesigned for the event into a venue that could rival any big-name show, with flashing lights and extravagant scenery.
The fashion items were presented by four different designer groups. First, Nancy's Gone Green presented dresses, and then The Green Heart Shop featured well-made handbags that used recycled soda-can pulltabs or soccer balls created that didn't force child labor. Green Veranda showcased their accessories, which included belts and purses, and finally, Tompkins Point Apparel had their male models showing off Fair Trade polos.
The event went very well, and Youth for Human Rights of Florida was very encouraged, readily preparing more events of its ilk.
If you wish to learn more about Youth for Human Rights, you can visit their website at www.youthforhumanrights.org.
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