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June 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

June 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

June 2020


This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Supported the Black Lives Matter Movement by forwarding links about organisations, activists and consultants promoting equality and diversity in the workplace to Sian Conway of Ethical Hour.

Was accepted on the prestigious World Literacy Foundation Ambassador 2020 Program.


Surgery (March 2020)

My surgery March 2020 - Blog about my endometriosis and PCOS by Sabeena Ahmed

For those that don't know I was admitted to hospital after a few weeks of excruciating pain in my left ovary and required urgent surgery.

My cyst was removed 17th March 2020.

My consultant informed me that the cyst had ruptured and had welded itself to my colon and left ovary. He removed the white ruptured cyst cleaned me up. but could not see any signs of Endometriosis or PCOS due to inflammation.

I was in two minds about attaching photographs of my ruptured cyst and decided against it.

Thank you to all my friends and family who sent get well messages.


Black Lives Matter Links and Further Reading

The horrific injustice, the death of Mr George Floyd in America last month has catapulted race, equality and justice into the limelight once again.

My deepest condolences to his loved ones.

May he rest in peace.

I have tried to summarise links to organisations, consultants and resources based in the UK that will help individuals to understand how they can implement diversity and inclusion at their workplace.

Many thanks to Servane Mouazan for sharing many of the links below.



Key Statistics - Black Training And Enterprise Group

BTEG's Key Statistics bring together the most recent national statistics for ethnic minority groups to provide a quick and easy reference source of data on ethnic minorities.

To find key statistics in the workbook, click on the worksheet tabs to select an ethnic group. Each page shows the most recent published statistics for that ethnic group.

To learn more about the Black Training and Enterprise Group click here.




Born to Jamaican parents in London, in 1987 Diane Abbott became first black woman elected to Parliament. “I joined the Labour Party because I knew how hard life was for my parents and their friends. I knew how hard black people’s lives are generally and I wanted to do something about it,''

To read more about Dianne Abbot please click on the link here.

To read more about Pioneers: The First Asian and Black MP's please click the link here.



Dr Muna Abdi - Phd


Dr Muna Abdi is a Leading Education consultant and independent researcher with over 10 years experience in education, research and community engagement. She has previously worked as a youth workers and university lecturer and is currently the Director of MA Education Consultancy.

A trailblazer in community-engaged research and pedagogy, Dr Abdi develops and delivers innovative and culturally appropriate training throughout the country.

Dr Abdi sits on a number of local and national boards and is also a public speaker; appearing as a keynote speaker for academic, commercial and charity functions.

To connect with Dr Muna Abdi click on the LinkedIn Link below.


Dave McQueen

Dave McQueen is a entrepreneur, professional speaker and executive coach.


WATCH his recent video titled Centring Black Lives below.




Dr Shola is a New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, an author, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media.


A political & women’s rights activist, she also teaches intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers.




Zam Zam Ibrahim


Zamzam Ibrahim is a student politician who is the President of the UK National Union of Students. She is also the incumbent President and a founding trustee of Students Organising for Sustainability. She succeeds Shakira Martin. She was formerly the NUS Vice President of Society & Citizenship.




Hauwa Shenu 


Senior Policy Lawyer (Barrister) - Extradition Unit, International Justice & Organised Crime Divisn

To contact Hauwa Shenu click here.




Mark Horoszowski - CEO & Co-founder - MovingWorlds

By Mark Horoszowski, founder of Moving Worlds


"To every company & corporate leader right now highlighting your commitment to stand with the Black community,
I have a couple of questions to confirm your authenticity:


1. Have you invested time and money for you and your executives to become educated about structural racism, anti-blackness and the consequences of white fragility?


2. Do you have a leader with published goals to ensure the effectiveness of resources, practices, and tools to support Black & People of Colour team members?


3. Do you provide time, money, and education to empower employees to support civic engagement to hold public leaders accountable and tackle structural racism in our systems?


4. Have you analyzed processes within your company for equity in recruitment, advancement, and compensation? And do you report on effectiveness?


5. Have you ensured that structural racism has no home in sourcing, partnership, and procurement processes?


6. Have you started the process of acknowledging how your company’s wealth has been partially built through our shared history of slavery and colonization?

Talk is cheap. Reading about allyship is easy. I don't care what size your company is, if you haven't answered yes to all of the above, then it's on you to assemble the money and people to do so now.“

To connect with Mark Horoszowski click on the link here.




By How-matters.org a  platform that explores the skills and knowledge needed by all international “do-gooders” (professional and amateur alike) to put real resources behind local means of overcoming obstacles.


Look at ways to be in action against anti-black racism (click on the link for more details for each of these points)


1. Call for an end to all white boards and all white leadership


2. Call attention to whose knowledge, expertise and experience is undervalued


3. Be an unapologetic advocate for the redistribution of financial resources.


4. Be an unapologetic advocate for communications that do not centre whiteness in the world.


5. Examine how you live your organisational values in every aspect of how your organisation is run.


If you identify as white, ask other white people to learn about their unearned privilege and how we recreate the systems created by colonialism and imperialism within our global development organisations. It shows up in our ways of working in harmful ways that maintain the status quo.



Akala - Rapper and Author

Watch his Channel 4 interview about institutional racism and knife crime.

To learn more about Akala click the link here.


Maya Angelou Poetry Foundation


An acclaimed American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer, Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou had a broad career as a singer, dancer, actress, composer, and Hollywood’s first female black director, but became most famous as a writer, editor, essayist, playwright, and poet. As a civil rights activist, Angelou worked for Dr. Martin Luther King  


Reni Eddo Lodge 

"Why I am not Talking to White People About Race"

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race' that led to this book.

To read more about Reni and read her book click on the link here.

Lemn Sissay 


LEMN SISSAY MBE is a BAFTA nominated International prize winning writer. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature by The Queen of England, The Pen Pinter Prize and a Points of Light Award from The Prime Minister.

Google “Lemn Sissay” and all the hits will be about him. There’s only one person in the world called Lemn Sissay.

To learn more about Lemn Sissay click on the link here.


Roger Robinson

Roger Robinson is a sought after internationally acclaimed writer, educator and workshop leader in poetry. He travels the world inspiring students to believe in their own ability to write. He also works hands on with organisations, universities and agencies helping them to reignite their source of creativity.

To read more about Roger Robinson click the link here.


Layla F. Saad 

"Me and White Supremacy" by #LaylaSaad


A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. 


The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources. 





A Template For Holding Your Employer Accountable For Racial Justice – By Rachel E Cargle

This template will support you in being intentional about holding yourself and other white people in your company accountable for racial justice.





Patricia Hamzahee, Founder of Integriti Capital and member of Women in Social finance group, writes about the vital role data can play in enabling equity of outcomes for Black and ethnic minority-led businesses. 


To read more click on the link here.




CALL TO US ALL Anti-Racism Resources for White People


To learn more click on the link here.


 The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture

White Supremacy Culture characteristics show up in how people work and run organisations. 

Practical guidance on Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) platform. #OrganisationalDevelopment #Leadership

To read more click on the link here.




Organisations doing vital work on the ground to support and amplify the voices of Black communities in the UK, including:

Southall Black Sisters


Southall Black Sisters, a not-for-profit, secular and inclusive organisation, was established in 1979 to meet the needs of Black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women.Our aims are to highlight and challenge all forms gender-related violence against women, empower them to gain more control over their lives; live without fear of violence and assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom.


To learn more about The Southall Black Sisters click here.




Imkaan is a UK-based, Black feminist organisation. We are the only national second-tier women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls i.e. women and girls which are defined in policy terms as Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME).


 To learn more about Imkaan click the link here.



Black Lives Matter UK


Black Lives Matter UK (BLMUK) is a coalition of black activists and organisers across the UK. We’ve been organising since 2016 for justice in our communities. 


To learn more click on the link here.



Operation Black Vote


At our core Operation Black Vote exists to ensure we have greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK.

We work specifically, but not exclusively within the democratic and civic framework to deliver our objectives.

We seek to inspire BME communities to engage with our public institutions in order to address the persistent race inequalities we face in areas such as: education, health and employment.  

Our work spans a number of areas including voter registration, lobbying politicians, mentoring schemes and political leadership programmes.

Our work began in July 1996 (16th) at the House of Commons, as a collaboration between two organisations: Charter88 which campaigns for democratic reform; and the 1990 Trust a national generic policy research and networking organisation.

To learn more about Operation Black Vote click here.





Runnymede is the UK's leading independent race equality thinktank. As an independently funded charity we rely on the support of generous individuals to continue our work.


To learn more about the Runnymede Trust click here.




gal-dem is a new media publication, committed to telling the stories of women and non-binary people of colour. With their online and print magazine, they're addressing inequality and misrepresentation in the industry through platforming the creative and editorial work of our community across essays, opinion, news, arts, music, politics and lifestyle content.


To learn more about gal-dem click here.



Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust


The Trust was founded to tackle inequality in all forms. We're dedicated to transforming the life chances of young people and improving the world in which they live


To learn more about the Stephen Lawrence Trust click here.




This June I applied to apply as a World Literacy Foundation Ambassador with the World Literacy Foundation. My application was successful. 

I'm A WLF Ambassador 2020 - Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates


Welcome video message from the CEO Mr Andrew Kay



In 2003 Mr Kay established the World Literacy Foundation with the goal to bring books, tutoring and literacy resources to children without any support.

Since its inception it has supported over 315,000 children around the world.

For those interested here is the link to their impact page.


Further Reading and Links

Living with Endometriosis, PCOS - Sabeena Ahmed 

Black Lives Matter

Black Training And Enterprise Group - Key Statistics

Black Training And Enterprise Group 

Dianne Abbot: Overcoming Obstacles

Pioneers: The First Asian and Black MP's

Dr Muna Abdi - LinkedIn

David McQueen 

Centring Black Lives - David McQueen

Dr Shola

Zam Zam Ibrahim

Hauwa Shenu (TBA)

How-Matters.Org - Ways to be in action against Anti-Black Racism

 Akala Interview on institutional racism and knife crime - Channel 4 News


Maya Angelou Poetry Foundation 

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Lemn Sissay

Roger Robinson

Layla Saad

Rachel E Cargle

Patricia Hamzahee

Anti-Racism Resources For White People

The Characteristics Of White Supremacy Culture

Southall Black Sisters


Black Lives Matter UK

Operation Black Vote

Runnymede Trust


Stephen Lawrence Trust

World Literacy Foundation Ambassador Program

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Despite my pain I managed to participate in Fairtrade Ramadan 2024 and post a fairtrade product everyday.

Translation in Urdu

اردو میں ترجمہ

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