This January I met with the editor of the UAE's first online ethical website Ethical Desk Anthea Ayache for coffee and stimulating ethical conversation.
Anthea is a pioneer in her own right and is passionate about ethical issues affecting the MENA region.
A seasoned radio presenter and journalist with an established career at Gulf News she has been working hard to establish the United Arab Emirates first ethical online website.
I wish her every success with Ethical Desk.
Anthea and her sustainable development goals
Me with Anthea - #FairtradeBreaksPoverty
Anthea graciously signing my guest book
I was delighted to have dinner with Amna Al Haddad.
Amna is an ambitious 27 year old and the United Arab Emirates first female weightlifter. A courageous and inspirational lady.
It was fascinating listening to her story.
I hope to see her again for coffee and cake soon.
I had originally applied as a World Pulse Change Maker but was chosen as a World Pulse Vision Mentor by World Pulse team.
During late January I talked with Patty McNally World Pulse Mentor Coordinator in Portland, Oregon.
I also organised a Skype chat with my World Pulse Change Maker Joanna Smieja, Warsaw, Poland.
Joanna works full time as a special needs coordinator.
I'm hoping I can assist her to achieve her goal of supporting more children with special needs in Warsaw and possibly learn a few basic sentences in Polish over the next three months.
Early this month I found a lump in my left breast, it was a worrying time. I quickly arranged an appointment with my breast consultant Dr Salti at the had it removed and went for further genetic testing.
I contacted the Pink Caravan UAE and the Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline in the United Kingdom for support.
I have attached my videos recorded in English and Urdu for you to view at your leisure.
Video in Urdu to be uploaded soon
Thank you for taking the time to read and keep supporting fairtrade and ethical artisans wherever you live.
Further Reading and Links
Ethical Desk (website to be launched March 2017)
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This December I was privileged and honoured to participate at the Swiss Business Council for the second time.
Many thanks to Ms Charoline Engel, Claudine and her team for organising another successful market.
It was lovely to finally meet the team from the Women's World Project, Manchester in association with The Pankhurst Centre.
I had a lovely afternoon meeting strong willed, ambitious, beautiful women.
During my visit to my home city of Manchester I attended the North West Regional Fair Trade Conference.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable intensive day and I was exhausted by its end and had to rest my poor shoulder.
Many thanks to Chrisi, Adam and the Fairtrade Foundation team for organising this event.
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