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Gender lens to the UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights briefing

In this briefing, ACT Alliance sets out its analysis and recommendations concerning the UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights ahead of the negotiations taking place in October 2019.  Business principles do not always converge with human rights principles. In various dimensions, from violence against women, to women’s economic participation, to tax, trade and investment, the gendered disparities are not resolved uniquely by market participation and growth dynamics. In fact, the growth-based model often puts women and other individuals who are marginalised in disadvantageous positions, ie, trapped in poverty, in unequal power relations and subject to abuse and violence. We believe that in order to ensure respect for human rights, we need binding rules on business and human rights at all levels, including respect for human rights, conducting meaningful human rights due diligence and adequate reporting, as well as access to remedy for victims of human rights abuses.

An economy of life briefing

An economy of life: How transforming the economy can tackle inequalities, bring climate justice and build a sustainable future Our vision is that global institutions genuinely represent and are accountable to the interests of everyone, not just the rich and powerful. This means confronting the institutional structures, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), cultural norms and power imbalances that work together to maintain the status quo. We need to look for new expressions of economic life. Measures of economic growth overlook human and environmental wellbeing. It is time re-evaluate. This briefing challenges the World Bank and IMF to be part of this change and to become of a progressive and positive force in an economic future that leaves no one behind and is beneficial for nature and the climate.

Peace, illicit drugs and the SDGs - a development gap

The SDGs barely reach the places where peacebuilding is most urgent. Here, the illicit drug economy plays a complex, overlooked role in survival. 

Harvest toolkit: assembly PowerPoint - Welsh

A slideshow to accompany the Harvest assembly.

Harvest toolkit: assembly - Welsh

Use this to introduce your pupils to Agar in Ethiopia - whose family is using solar power for the good of their health and the climate.

Harvest toolkit: collective worship ideas - Welsh

A few ideas to explore during whole school or class collective worship – including sunflower templates to cut out and colour in!

Harvest toolkit: assembly PowerPoint - English

A slideshow to accompany the Harvest assembly.

Harvest toolkit: assembly - English

Use this to introduce your pupils to Agar in Ethiopia - whose family is using solar power for the good of their health and the climate.

Trading game: introduction

Age: 13+ / Youth group (11-18) An introduction to the trading game covering how to play, who can play and the aims of the game.

Trading game: teacher's intructions

Instructions and guidance for teachers and leaders running the trading game.

Trading game: diagram of shapes

Age: 13+ / Youth group (11-18) Students will need to carefully cut out the shapes on this sheet to use as part of the trading game.

Trading game: creating new trading situations

Age: 13+ / Youth group (11-18) This sheet contains new trading situations which can be applied to the trading game to mix things up and add additional challenges.

Trading game: follow-up discussions

Age: 13+ / Youth group (11-18) Guidelines for encouraging follow-up discussion after playing the trading game.

The chocolate trade: follow-up discussion

As with most simulation games, the follow-up discussion is in some ways the most important part and should not be left out. Use the following questions to start the discussion and to help clarify what has been learnt from the chocolate trade game.

The chocolate trade: cocoa in Ghana

Said to be the producer of the world’s finest cocoa, Ghana relies heavily on this commodity, which is its second most important export after gold. Find out more about Ghana and fair-trade chocolate.

The chocolate trade: role play

Your pupils can take on the role of a big chocolate company, a supermarket, a shopper, a journalist, cocoa farmers or a fair-trade chocolate company in this role-play activity. 

The chocolate trade game activity sheet

This activity highlights the fact that the major cocoa-producing countries are in the poorer South and the major chocolate-producing countries are in the richer North.