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April 2017 - Video Blog Newsletter Summary

April 2017 - Video Blog Newsletter Summary


April 2017 Video Blog Newsletter Summary

This month I completed the WFTO ASIA'S - Introduction to Gender course and my Six Items Challenge 2017 with Labour Behind The Label.

Attended The Muslim Lifestyle Show said hello to the Macmillan Cancer Support volunteers and purchased fairtrade dates from the Zaytoun stand.

Travelled to Manchester, UK to pay respects to my parents. A year has passed since my beautiful mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer.

Enjoyed a vegetarian lunch and interviewed Dr Sara Parker who has designed two fairtrade puppet sets with fairtrade producers in Nepal.

Celebrated Fashion Revolution week and continued to mentor and support my World Pulse Change Maker Joanna in Poland.



Please click on the following link to read more about my Six Items Challenge 2017 with Labour Behind The Label.








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I have decided to participate and support the Six Items Challenge for the sixth year because I started to campaign for garment and factory workers while caring for my mother who had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

The six items challenge means I choose six items of clothing to wear for six weeks. Don't worry! This does not include under garments or exercise gear. You can wear an endless supply of these. :) 

For my challenge I've decided to wear one glamourous outfit as prescribed by my mother, a plainer everyday cotton Pakistani traditional costume and a hand embroidered cotton kameez (long blouse) and trousers designed and created by a young lady called Haseena.



I enrolled on the WFTO Asia's Building Capacity for Gender Equality Course designed by Tanya Lutvey.

''The course is an extension of WFTO’s sixth Principle of Fair Trade – ending discrimination and promoting gender equity and freedom of association.

The majority of producers in the global informal sector are women who must contend with an employment structure that often fails to recognize their rights.

Principle Six is thus designed to strengthen the institutional mechanisms and policies necessary for protecting their interests.

By providing both women and men with the tools and knowledge to seek improved standards for employment, and training employers to act with a sense of responsibility towards all of their employees, WFTO-Asia is committed to achieving equality for all workers within our network.''

Tanya Lutvey






For more information about the Introduction to Gender course please contact Tanya Lutvey Gender Working Group Co-ordinator at: gender@wfto-asia.com

World Fair Trade Organization Asia

Office +66 09 3234 5374


 Certificate of Completion - Introduction to Gender




While in London I attended the Muslim Lifestyle Show with my younger sister Irem.

We stopped by to say hello to the Macmillan Cancer Support Volunteers and bought fair trade dates from the Zaytoun stand.

With my sister Irem at the Muslim Lifestyle Show London April 2017

With my sister Irem


Sabeena Ahmed with Macmillan Cancer Support Volunteers at the Muslim Lifestyle Show London April 17

At the Macmillan Cancer Support stand with the wonderful volunteers


At the Zaytoun stand with volunteers at the Muslim Lifestyle Show London April 17

At the Zaytoun stand with volunteers



My beloved beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano who bravely fought metastatic breast cancer

Meshar Mumtaz Bano 1952 - 2016

Its been a difficult 12 months grieving for my mother who returned to her maker 18th April 2016. Mum courageously struggled with metastatic breast cancer for 4 years and she and my father are buried at Southern Cemetery Manchester.

If you would like to talk about your grief please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

Love and best wishes to everyone who has lost a parent or loved one recently.



It was inspiring to finally meet Dr Sara Parker professor at John Moores Liverpool. Dr Parker has spent the past 30 years researching Nepal in particular Sikles a town in Nepal and supporting fairtrade producers WEAVE in Pokhara.

She has written and designed a fairtrade puppet set for children called Fairis the Frog and established her own company Fair Connections and Fair Connections Foundation supporting local schools in Nepal.

The photograph below was posted to Instagram April 2017

Dr Sara Parker and Sabeena Ahmed on Instagram via Fair Connections April 2017

Dr Sara Parker and ME!


Dr Sara Parker writing in The Little Fair Trade Shop guest book April 2017 - Manchester UK

Dr Parker writing in my guest book


Dr Sara Parkers comments in The Little Fair Trade Guest book - April 17 Manchester UK

Dr Parkers motivating comments


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 I also celebrated Fashion Revolution Week by posting photographs of many fairtraders and supporters supporting the

''Who Made My Clothes Campaign'' 

 Dr Sara Parker Founder of Fair Connections knows Who Made My Clothes? April 2017

Dr Sarah Parker - Fair Connections


Nastacia Radice Creator of TedXDubai knows Who Made My Clothes? April 2017

Natascia Radice - TEDxDUBAI


Mrs Helen Barlow Scott of the One Line Ethical Design Studio UK know Who Made My Clothes - April 2017

Helen Barlow Scott - One Line Studio


Sabeena Ahmed - The Little Fair Trade Shop - Six Items Challenge 2017 and Fashion Revolution Week 2017


Join Fashion Revolution or Labour Behind The Label and support their campaigns for better wages for garment workers, saving the environment and educating others to be ethical shoppers and consumers.

I've attached links to both organisations in Further Reading and Links at the bottom of the page.


World Pulse Vision Mentor Update April 2017

Joanna Smiejka Autism therapist and trainer - World Pulse Change Maker from Poland January - May 2017

I completed my 3 month support and mentoring with my World Pulse Change maker Joanna Smiejka from Poland.

Many thanks to Patty, Maya, Kartrina, Lisa, Jensine and all the World Pulse team for this opportunity.




If you would like to volunteer your time or expertise to change the life of a world change maker please do not hesitate to write to: Volunteer@worldpulse.com. I sincerely hope they open an office here in the Middle East one day soon.

Thank you so much for reading this months blog and watching all my videos. Your support means more than words.

I look forward to bringing you another update next month Insha'Allah (God Willing).

Take good care,

Love, peace and blessings



Further Reading and Links

Six Items Challenge

Labour Behind The Label

WFTO Asia - Introduction to Gender Course

Macmillan Cancer Support


Dr Sara Parker

Fair Connections

Fashion Revolution Week

World Pulse

Fairphone 2

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THRIVE LDN - Great Mental Health Day Webinars January 2024 (English and Urdu)
THRIVE LDN - Great Mental Health Day Webinars January 2024 (English and Urdu)

My sister sent me links to webinars about Great Mental Health Day which took place 26th January 2024.

I am grateful to all the guest speakers and trainers who took time out of their busy schedules to talk about Suicide Prevention, Bereavement and Write to Speak Your Poetry.

Translation in Urdu

میری بہن نے مجھے عظیم دماغی صحت کے دن کے بارے میں ویبینرز کے لنکس بھیجے جو 26 جنوری 2024 کو ہوا تھا۔

میں ان تمام مہمان مقررین اور ٹرینرز کا مشکور ہوں جنہوں نے اپنے مصروف شیڈول میں سے وقت نکال کر خودکشی کی روک تھام، سوگ اور اپنی شاعری لکھنے کے بارے میں بات کی۔

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January 2024 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary
January 2024 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my fair trade friends and family around the world.

My right shoulder is still very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.

Despite my pain I managed to attend a webinar and record videos about PIE Community members expressing an interest to join.

I joined a couple of sessions about Mental Health and Suicide Training.

These sessions were organised by THRIVE LDN.

Translation in Urdu

نیا سال مبارک ہو!

دنیا بھر میں میرے تمام منصفانہ تجارتی دوستوں اور اہل خانہ کو نیا سال مبارک ہو۔

میرا دایاں کندھا اب بھی بہت تکلیف دہ ہے اور دوبارہ سوجن ہے اور میں نے اس بلاگ کو ٹائپ کرنے کے لیے جدوجہد کی ہے۔

اپنی تکلیف کے باوجود میں ایک ویبنار میں شرکت کرنے اور کمیونٹی کے ممبران کے بارے میں ویڈیوز ریکارڈ کرنے میں کامیاب ہو گی جو اس میں شامل ہونے میں دلچسپی کا اظہار کرتے ہیں۔

میں دماغی صحت اور خودکشی کی تربیت کے بارے میں کچھ سیشنز میں شامل ہوے۔

ان سیشنز کا اہتمام THRIVE LDN نے کیا تھا۔

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Expression of interest to join World Pulse's Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee  (PIE) - February 2024
Expression of interest to join World Pulse's Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) - February 2024

During December 2023 I was invited to join the Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) ad hoc sub group to encourage and motivate new World Pulse Community members to join.

Despite my poor health and painful right shoulder I have recorded a video in English, edited it and added subtitles in English and Urdu.

Please kindly click below to apply as a member of the Powershift Excellence Committee.

Application Form link https://forms.gle/TUDeGiXwTtzqv4oh6

The date for the submission of the application form is the 2nd February 2024, but this date could be extended. 

I forget to mention in the video that Community members must adhere to the following criteria:

1. Applicants must be World Pulse Community Members for 2 years.

2. Applicants must be World Pulse badge holders.

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