This week was Global Health Week on campus which played host to a whole range of events. At Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace, we were happy to be a part of this incredible week, and we look forward to increasing our involvement with the Global Health Coalition. The week kicked off with a Global Health Symposium featuring Dr. Mohammed Dalwai at the Health Services Learning Center. Dr. Dalwai works with Doctors Without Borders, serving as the president of their Southern Africa operations. He spoke about the impact people can have on global health today, and how we can all act to make our world a better place for the future.
The rest of Global Health Week followed the same local to global theme, and WWB Marketplace was featured at some of the on campus events. On Wednesday night, we were able to participate in the Local & Global Health Stories-"Food & Health Justice" event where we connected with other advocates of global health and international development. The event featured student stories, but also doubled as an organization fair. It was wonderful to engage with other students and campus organizations that share our passion for health and social justice and learn about the work they are doing on campus and abroad.
Often times at WWB Marketplace we get caught up in our individual mission of empowering our specific partner communities in Mexico, Ecuador and Kenya, but so many other people are driven by a similar passions and values right within Wisconsin. Being a part of and meeting other participants of Global Health Week helped us at Wisconsin Without Borders connect more deeply with the larger community on campus who are also striving to do good on the international stage.
To end an exciting week celebrating health, empowerment and social movements around the world, WWBM had the privilege of partnering with Change Boutique to host our own event - a showing of the documentary True Cost followed by a fair trade product sale. Garment production is one of the largest industries internationally, and the documentary showed us how the human and environmental costs of "fast fashion" and consumerism negatively impact people in the US and abroad. The burden lies particularly heavily on the world's poor, with the industry often exploiting workers in low income countries desperate to attract international brands, casting aside fair wages and worker protections to win contracts. By sharing the stories of some workers and suppliers of the garment industry through the True Cost documentary, we were able to glad to promote the importance of fair trade consumerism to both our campus and larger Madison community.