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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August 1st 2017 marks my mother’s 65th birthday.
My beloved mother was a ‘courageous woman, she was my first school of thought, love, compassion and my paradise.’
Mum was an extraordinarily humble, kind and charismatic lady.
She could strike up a conversation with anyone. An empathetic listener, amazing chef and gardener, she possessed a sharp wit and humour that would instantly lift your spirits.
This month I was I was approached by Ellen van Dongen of the Responsible Shopping Dubai website and asked if The Little Fair Trade Shop would like to be featured. I said YES!
Attended my first Dubai Vegan Meet Up, continued with my Who Made My Clothes course and was diagnosed with a painful frozen shoulder.
I spent most of August 2016 with my siblings in London and mustered the energy to board a train to historical York to visit Shared Earth and talk with founder and owner Jeremy Piercy.
Many thanks to David Piercy for his time and support during my visit.
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