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April 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2020

 

This month I continued to heal from surgery for a ruptured cyst,

completed my eighth Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label and

embraced Ramadan 2020 under Covid-19 conditions by participating in Observing Ramadan in Britain/Overseas Research project.

 

Surgery (March 2020)

My surgery March 2020 - Blog about my endometriosis and PCOS by Sabeena Ahmed

For those that don't know I was admitted to hospital after a few weeks of excruciating pain in my left ovary and required urgent surgery.

My cyst was removed 17th March 2020.

My consultant informed me that the cyst had ruptured and had welded itself to my colon and left ovary. He removed the white ruptured cyst cleaned me up. but could not see any signs of Endometriosis or PCOS due to inflammation.

I was in two minds about attaching photographs of my ruptured cyst and decided against it.

Thank you to all my friends and family who sent get well messages.

 

SIX ITEMS CHALLENGE 2020

WITH LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL

Sabeena Ahmed supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE

 Sabeena Ahmed supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020

with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE 

 

Sabeena Ahmed supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE

Sabeena at the beach supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020

with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE 

 

Sabeena Ahmed supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE
 Sabeena and her fairtrade bag

 

 Sabeena Ahmed supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE
Sabeena on the beach near Burj Al Arab

 

 

SIX ITEMS CHALLENGE 2020

WITH LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL

I'm participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label. This year the challenge commences

26th February - 9th April 2020.  

I have decided to participate and support the Six Items Challenge for the eighth 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. :)

This year I hope to up-cycle some of the clothes my mother purchased for me before she passed away.

It is a long term ambition to design a fairtrade slow fashion collection in memory of my beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and support fair trade certified cotton farmers, sustainable and ethical producers.

My beloved mother was a great advocate for women's empowerment and education.

I believe she would have been happy and proud of me to continue my campaigning for the millions of countless individuals producing clothes and accessories in factories and workshops around the world.

Hopefully by the end of the Six Week Challenge I would have educated a few people and raised a few pounds/dirhams.

 

WHAT IS FAST FASHION?

Fast fashion is a term the fashion industry uses to entice consumers to purchase new trends, products and accessories every six to eight weeks. Some collections can be produced within a 12 day time frame.

Most of the products are cheap, poor quality and mass produced by workers in factories, work shops around the world.

Workers are paid low salaries, endure long hours and work in poor conditions to support their families.

Many are as young as 14 are the only bread winners and often forfeit the chance of a decent education and future

Many factories use hazardous chemicals to dye their fabrics and this water is discharged into rivers and the sea polluting eco systems and depleting fish stocks.

I hope to record vlogs and raise awareness about garment workers over the next coming weeks.

Best regards to all the Six Items Challenge participants.

Love and regards
Sabeena X

 

WEEK ONE

 

 I hope to add a link to the Six Items Challenge 2020 blog soon.

 

Ramadan 2020 Photo Diary, Dubai, UAE

Omani lanterns with hearts

I expressed interest to participate in the Observing Ramadan in Britain Photo Research project.

This project was conceived by a Phd researcher Laura Jones - Cardiff University. I've been asked to take a photograph of every day of Ramadan and provide a short explanation of each photograph

Ramadan Mubarak/Kareem to all my friends and family around the world.

 

Day 1 - Week 1

#StayHomeLiveFair with Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE

#StayHomeLiveFair Poster with Sabeena Ahmed

WFTO Campaign for Covid-19

 

#PlanetFairTrade - World Fair trade day 2020 campaign share a favourite product, recycled bicycle chain by Noahs Ark Int with Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai. UAE

#PlanetFairTrade - World Fair Trade Day 2020 Campaign

Share a favourite fair trade product, recycled bicycle chain by Noahs Ark Int

 

Labour Behind The Label Poster with Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Labour Behind The Label Poster with Sabeena Ahmed

Six Items Challenge 2020

 

Day 2 - Week 1

Home made banana bread with Sabeena Ahmed, Ramadan 2020, Dubai, UAE

Home made banana bread to continue with my zero waste efforts and use up all those brown bananas I didn't have the heart to throw in the bin.

 

Home made banana bread cooked with Sabeena Ahmed, Ramadan, Dubai, UAE

Home made banana bread cooked 

 

jHome cooked Banana bread with Sabeena Ahmed

Delicious home made banana bread

 

Labour Behind The Label Covid-19 Campaign

Labour Behind The Label Covid-19 Campaign

 

Clean Clothes Campaign #PayUp Campaign during Covid-19

Clean Clothes Campaign #PayUp Campaign

 

Day 3 - Week 1

 Date photo with Sabeena Ahmed wish they were fairtrade :(

Dates wish they were fairtrade :(

 

Firing of the canon to open the fast at the Atlantis Hotel Palm Jumeirah, Ramadan 2020 under Covid-19 conditions

Firing of the canon to open the fast at the Atlantis Hotel Palm Jumeirah,

Ramadan 2020 under Covid-19 conditions

 

Day 4 - Week 1

20th Anniversary of the Fair Trade Int towns global movement  Zoom meeting, 27th April 2020

20th Anniversary of the International Fair Trade Towns Global movement 

Zoom meeting, 27th April 2020

 

Day 5 - Week 1

Deaf Awareness April 2020 Zoom  Meeting organised by the Manchester Women's Institute

Deaf Awareness April 2020 Zoom Meeting organised by the Manchester Women's Institute

 

Day 6 - Week 1

 Fairtrade Mark on a box of Fairtrade Green and Jasmine tea

Fairtrade Mark on a box of Fairtrade Green and Jasmine tea

 

A box of Fairtrade Green and Jasmine tea

A box of Fairtrade Green and Jasmine tea to help with my terrible indigestion

 

Day 7 - Week 1

 NHS poster unfinished - Sabeena Ahmed

 We Love NHS and all carers poster

Unfinished

 

Further Reading and Links

Living with Endometriosis, PCOS - Sabeena Ahmed 

 Six Items Challenge 2020

Ramadan 2020 photo diary blog





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