January 2017 Newsletter Video Blog Summary
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
Amna Al Haddad
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.
World Pulse Vision Mentor
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.
Breast Cancer Awaress and World Cancer Day
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 years World Fair Trade Organization campaign was 'Agent For Change', Human Chains for Fair Trade and the Planet.
I am very grateful to the beautiful ladies at the Dubai Business Women Council who very kindly modelled the Agent for Change posters for me.
I also managed to go to Jumeirah beach and conduct an impromptu beach photo shoot near the iconic Burj Al Arab.
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!
This month I completed the WFTO Asia - Introduction to Gender course and my Six Items Challenge 2017.
Attended The Muslim Lifestyle Show said hello to the Macmillan Cancer Support volunteers and purchased fairtrade dates from the Zaytoun stand.
Travelled to Manchester, UK to pay respects to my parents. A year has passed since my beautiful mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer.
Enjoyed a vegetarian lunch and interviewed Dr Sara Parker who has designed two fairtrade puppet sets with fairtrade producers in Nepal.
Celebrated Fashion Revolution Week.
Continued to mentor and support my World Pulse Change Maker Joanna in Poland.
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