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.
Yes! She had a beautiful smile. Never once did she complain about her cancer and all those horrible treatments. She was so calm and graceful even during the most difficult times.
Nothing was ever too much for her and she would go out of her way to help loved ones and strangers.
Strangers would always compliment and thank her for her warm friendly nature.
‘Be kind to everyone you meet because they have been sent from above, she used to say.’
A single parent Mum devoted her entire life to her 3 children and her magnanimous heart and selfless nature compelled to support others in dire straits.
She taught us to be kind and compassionate because as a young woman she had suffered immense hardship, racism and inequality while contributing to British society.
A survivor of domestic abuse she became a vocal advocate for women’s education empowerment and fairtrade.
She was a staunch supporter of my fairtrade campaigning and social entrepreneurship. ‘People will always remember how you made them feel so be kind and generous, she would remind us.’
‘SHE WAS MY BEAUTIFUL ANGEL WITH A PURE HEART OF GOLD.’
Thank you for your strength, optimism and unconditional love.
I miss you so much!
I can only pray you are at peace and enjoying a posh afternoon tea with your sisters and Nana in your very own Anne Hathaway’s Garden.
May (God) Allah subhana wa'tala bless you with a beautiful seat in Jannat ul Ferdose (Paradise). Aameen.
Love and prayers always
Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and Sabeena Ahmed celebrate
Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 - Dubai, UAE
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Hello! My name is Sabeena Ahmed.
I'm a fairtrade campaigner, educator and social entrepreneur.
I was born and educated in Manchester, UK.
I'm a qualified PGCE ESOL Practitioner, adore fairtrade chocolate and support breast cancer research.
I promote the sustainable development goals, fair trade ethical living and the circular economy.
This is a brief summary of my fairtrade activities and campaigns in the United Arab Emirates spanning 2009 to 2020.
I celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight and International Women's Day 2020 Dubai, UAE with my sister Irem.
This year the Fairtrade Foundation UK's campaign is all about the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate. The hashtag is #SHEDESERVES.
I was so pleased to learn about the House of Commons UK also supports Fairtrade Fortnight 2020.
The World Fair Trade Organization's Communications team asked me to share the names of inspirational women in my life for International Women's Day 2020.
This years campaign hashtag is #SheEmpowersMe
I chose to mention 4 ladies and invited them to continue the video challenge.
Ms Christina Longden - The Lorna Young Foundation
Ms Samini Bibi - Sabah Pakistan
Ms Roopa Mehta (Apa) - WFTO President
Ms Moon Sharma (Apa) - Tara Projects, India
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