This February I met with Mr Hassan Bello of the Ajala Project.
Was a panelist at the SHETRADES MENA HUB LAUNCH.
Started my Six Items Challenge 2018 and celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 2018.
The Ajala Project was created and founded by Mr Hassan Bello. The Project supports artists in the United Arab Emirates.
Mrs Bello signing my fairtrade guest book
Mr Bello supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2018
By sheer chance and after a coffee with Ms Arwa Hassan Al Qassim of Dubai Culture I was politely asked if I would like to be panelist at the SheTrades MENA Launch. I said YES!
Many thanks to Dr Ashraf Mahate Chief Economist at the Government of Dubai and Dubai Exports and Ms Al Qassim Dubai Culture for providing me with a platform to talk about my passion FAIR TRADE.
I cannot deny it was a nerve wracking experience and exciting event to attend.
Many thanks to Anna and Vanessa for being very kind and considerate.
Thank you to all the lovely ladies who wrote in my guest book.
Watch the video of the official launch here
Copyright the Dubai of Government and Dubai Exports
Photograph Courtesy of ITC
His Excellency Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development (DED), and Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, launched the Hub alongside the regional meeting of the Arab Countries Trade and Investment Organizations Network (ACTION), hosted by Dubai Exports in partnership with ITC and the support of the Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AfTIAS).
Ms Anna Claudia Zaleski Mori ITC SheTrades Initiative,
International Trade Centre
Ms. Vanessa Erogbogbo, Head of the ITC SheTrades Initiative, International Trade Centre and ME!
Hello and Assalaam Alaikum (peace and blessings) everyone,
Thanks for dropping by.
So here I am for the seventh consecutive year participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.
This year the challenge commences 14th February - 29th March 2018.
Six Items Challenge 2018
For those interested I have also attached links to the Six Items Challenges,2017, 2016 and 2012 - 2015.
Six Items Challenge 2016
Six Items Challenge 2012-2015
I have decided to participate and support the Six Items Challenge for the seventh 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.
This does not include under garments or exercise gear. You can wear an endless supply of these. :)
I had surgery for a rotator cuff on my right shoulder early October 2017 and have been receiving physiotherapy.
Typing is painful and difficult.
This year I hope to design a clothes range in memory of my beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and support fair trade certified cotton farmers 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.
My fairtrade breakfast
Fairtrade Fortnight banner
Fairtrade supporters Leah and Glenda modelling fairtrade certified organic cotton T shirts
This year I celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight in Dubai with friends and had the privilege to meet Professor Muhammad Yunus again.
Sabeena Ahmed with Professor Muhammad Yunus
Zaytoun Dates and Divine Chocolate
Fair trade Hand embroidered cushion cover produced by
the Surif Ladies Cooperative Hebron
Fairtrade literature, Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 leaflet, stickers, Fairtrade and Islam, Fairtrade Mosques information books
I presented Professor Yunus with fair trade Zaytoun dates, Divine Chocolate and gifts for his wife and daughter.
I also provided him with Fair trade literature and hope he will read my personal message asking him to support fair trade producers and the fair trade movement of the United Arab Emirates.
If you would like to support fair trade please read about fair trade coffee, cotton, tea, sugar, bananas, gold, flowers or chocolate and get involved.
Please read the following links
SHOW OFF YOUR FAIRTRADE LABEL AND SUPPORT FAIRTRADE
As a passionate fairtrade campaigner and advocate I felt compelled to join the Fairtrade Fortnight 2024 webinar.
2024 will be 30 years of Fair trade in the United Kingdom.
This webinar was organised by the Fairtrade Foundation UK team.
I have attached photographs of the webinar below for those interested.
All credit and source courtesy of the Fairtrade Foundation team UK.
This October 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 volunteers webinars for Islamophobia Awareness Month 2023 and the 30 years of Fairtrade in the UK.
I joined the October 2023 Power Inclusive Excellence Committee and Training Tuesday: Climate Change: Taking Action to Support Women and Girls with World Pulse.
During August 2023 I attended a 2 day online webinar titled, 'Journey towards Meaningful Connectivity Exploring Value' with the Institute of Social Entrepreneurs Asia, (ISEA).
I have tried to translate these webinars in Urdu.
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