This August I was diagnosed with a torn ligament in my right shoulder which will require surgery and physiotherapy.
I finally managed to Skype with Dr Sara Calvo Martinez founder of Living in Minca and professor at the Middlesex University Business School, London.
My fair trade story was featured in the Story Exchange Women Mean Business website.
I organised meetings with Mr Daniel Ludvig and Mr Sayed of Sheraa, Sharjah.
Had coffee with Sandra Stephenson senior lecturer at the Middlesex University Dubai, and met founder and chairperson of The ZB Foundation Dani Wilson and Saima Khan.
Conducted a Skype conversation with Dr Sara Calvo of the Middlesex University Business School London, UK as part of my prize winning a social innovation pitch in the Future Learn International Social Innovation Challenge 2016.
During our hour long conversation we discussed how I can take the business forward.
I hope I will implement her advice and suggestions and raise further awareness for fairtrade and ethical producers in the United Arab Emirates.
Many thanks to Dr Martinez for writing a letter of support for my fair trade work and campaigning in Dubai. You can read her letter here.
The Story Exchange Women Mean Business website featured an article about my work. Sabeena Ahmed - The Little Fair Trade Shop. You can read the article here.
I invited Mr Daniel Ludvig - Sheraa to dinner and learnt about Sheraa, The Accelerator Progam, The Mowada Project and Facebook training.
I also invited Mr Sayed - Sheraa to coffee and learnt about The Accelerator Progam and new initiatives at Sheraa.
Had a wonderful meeting with Sandra Stephenson senior lecturer at the Middlesex University Dubai. She is very interested in my fair trade work and asked if I would like to present my story to students this semester.
I also had a fantastic meeting with Dani Wilson and Saima Khan of the ZBFoundation.
The ZBFoundation is a pioneering organization that has initiated a heel prick test for all new born babies in Pakistan. The program has tested over 15,000 babies so far with specialist machines to be installed in major hospitals all over Pakistan over the coming year.
Saima Khan supports Fair trade
Thank you for reading my blog and I look forward to recovering from my surgery to write an update for September.
Best regards to all fairtraders and fair trade producers around the world.
Further Reading and Links
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۔
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.
This December I continued to heal from my shoulder surgeries.
My right shoulder was very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.
I attended the last encourager party webinar for World Pulse 2023.
I joined the second ITC Webinar Series Export Essentials December 2023.