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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I've been meaning to write an article illustrating my fair trade journey for the
Sister-hood team for some time but then I had surgery for a rototar cuff and everything stopped.
After months of painful physiotherapy I finally edited my interview.
This April I was invited to judge 5 social enterprise businesses at the Middlesex University Dubai.
Many thanks to Shanthi Rajan, Sandra Stevenson, Suzannah Fernandes and
Dr Michael Kloep and Dr Cody Paris for their hospitality.
I had the good fortune to travel to Oxford during my visit to the United Kingdom.
I am very grateful to Clare and Miranda for taking time out of their busy schedules to conduct interviews with me.
I look forward to returning to beautiful Oxford soon.
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