“We love to listen to our customers and for this reason we would be delighted to hear from you if you would like a bespoke fair trade product made especially for you.”

Fair Trade #LiveFair #BeatPoverty and Anti-Poverty Week 2017, Dubai, UAE

Fair Trade #LiveFair #BeatPoverty and Anti-Poverty Week 2017, Dubai, UAE

Anti-Poverty Week 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Official Poster WFTO - Live Fair Beat Poverty, Anti Poverty Week October 2017

This year the World Fair Trade Organization asked for my support with their Anti Poverty Week 2017 campaign #LiveFair & #BeatPoverty.

Here's a lovely video recorded by the WFTO team about the 2017 campaign.

 

Fair Trade Presentation

During Anti Poverty week I attended a Coffee Morning organised by my friend Maryam and kindly asked ladies to support Anti-Poverty Week 2017, Dubai, UAE.

I talked about Fair Trade, Fair Trade Chocolate and Anti Poverty Week.

There were approximately 30 ladies present and I made a few fair trade friends.

Beautiful Dubai ladies supporting Anti-Poverty Week, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop
Beautiful Dubai ladies supporting Anti-Poverty Week 2017, Dubai, UAE 

 

Beautiful Dubai ladies supporting Anti-Poverty Week 2017, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Ladies in Dubai showing their support for Fair Trade Producers worldwide

 

Joanna Smieja Fair Trade Supporter supporting the WFTO's Anti Poverty Week Campaign Oct 17 

I also asked my dear friend Joanna who was visiting me from Poland to model for me.

Joanna was a great sport and I am grateful for her support during Anti Poverty Week.

Joanna and Sabeena near the Burj Khalifa supporting the WFTO's Anti Poverty Week Campaign Live Fair Beat Poverty Oct 17

Joanna and I supporting the WFTO's Anti Poverty Week Campaign

Live Fair Beat Poverty

Sabeena Ahmed supporting the WFTO's Anti Poverty Week - Live Fair Beat Poverty Campaign (At the top Burj Khalifa) Oct 17

Live Fair Beat Poverty - At the Top (Burj Khalifa)

 

WHAT DOES FAIR TRADE MEAN?

Fairtrade very simply means social and trade justice for all!

Fairtrade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices.

It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

On top of the agreed Fairtrade minimum price producers also receive the Fairtrade premium.

How it’s spent is voted on democratically by farmers and workers.

This is development as decided by the people who will benefit from it.

After all, they’re the ones best placed to make it work the hardest. Roads have been laid, nurseries equipped and helpful new tools have been put to work all thanks to the Fairtrade premium.

For those who would like to learn more I recorded a video about fairtrade and have attached the video below

 

WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?

 

THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF FAIR TRADE

 

WFTO's 10 principles of FAIR TRADE

 

 

WFTO AND THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF FAIR TRADE

 

 

 

FAIR TRADE IN DUBAI & ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 

 

Mums Do Fairtrade at the Home Grown Childens Eco Nursery Dubai, UAE with The Little Fair Trade Shopip
Fairtrade Mums at the Home Grown Children's Eco Nursery,
Dubai, UAE

 

If you are a teacher, educator, parent or part of an interfaith group I would love to hear from you. 

 

Please contact me by leaving a message and commenting below and writing to your fair trade towns coordinator to learn more about how you can get involved with fair trade.
At present I'm trying to establish a fairtrade educational and interfaith network in Dubai.

 

Sabeena Ahmed teaching about fair trade bananas at the Star International School, Mirdif DubaiUAEDub
Children at the Star International School, Mirdif, Dubai
with Sabeena Ahmed learning about fairtrade bananas

 

 

WHEN YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT BEING ETHICAL IS SO EASY

 

With the help of my creative director Helen we've created a little reminder of how easy it is to support fairtrade producers and be ethical at the same time.
We hope you will find it useful.

 

Agents for Change Helen Barlow Scott and Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE - February 2017
Helen Barlow Scott and Sabeena Ahmed, Agents for Change in Dubai, UAE
When you're out and about being ethical is this easy poster - Sabeena Ahmed, Helen Barlow Scott and Lily and Raven
Apologies for the small font I will ask Helen for HD version soon.

 

TOP 10 TIPS TO FAIR TRADE AND ETHICAL SHOPPING
1. Seek Fairtrade, organic, slave free and eco friendly labels.

 

 2. Support socially conscious brands.

 

3. Buy only what you love and be selective
and ask 'Who made my clothes?'

 

'Do I really need to buy it?'

 

4. Do your research if you can't see where the product is made the company does not want to know.

 

5. Think beyond the end result where did the sourcing happen and what is product made of?

 

6. Reduce waste by avoiding disposable products.

 

7. Shop locally and support independent designers and boutiques.

 

8. Shop vintage and upcycled for truly unique products.

 

9. Speak up - ask designers and shops where their products are made.

 

10. Make it yourself and impress your friends with your new found skills.
HAPPY SHOPPING, SEWING AND CRAFTING! :)

 

Thank you once again to all the ladies at the coffee morning especially Joanna.
Best wishes to all fairtrade producers, artists, supporters, volunteers and friends around the world for being the voice and change for social, environmental and trade justice.
RESPECT, STAY STRONG, PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
Sabeena :)
 
Agent For Change Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop celebrating World Fair Trade Day 2017, Dubai, UAE
Sabeena Ahmed, Agent For Change celebrating
World Fair Trade Day 2017

 

Further Reading and Links

World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)

World Fair Trade Day 2017

Fairtrade Foundation London

Dubai Business Women Council

One Line Studio

Future Learn - Social Enterprise Turning Ideas into Action with The Middlesex University Business School, London, UK

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