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March 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

March 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

March 2020

 

This month I had emergency surgery for a ruptured cyst,

was featured by Pioneers Post,

participated in my eighth Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label and

celebrated Earth Hour Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

 

Surgery (March 2020)

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

I was admitted to hospital after a few weeks of excruciating pain in my left ovary.

After a CT scan I was told I had a cyst 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.


Pioneers Post featuring Future Learn 

Social Enterprise: Turning Ideas Into Action 

- Living in Minca and Sabeena Ahmed

I was invited to a phone interview with the Global Editor of Pioneers Post.

The editor was interested to learn how the Future Learn course Social Enterprise Turn Action Into Ideas, September 2016 had assisted my growth as a social entrepreneur. I was happy to discuss my 11 year fairtrade journey and talked about the course and my participation in the International Social Innovation Pitch.

International Social Innovation Pitch

During the course I participated in the International Social Innovation Pitch and was awarded first place with two other ladies and would like to congratulate Palma Milicevic and Emma Butler.

  

Future Learn International Social Innovation Challenge Poster - Dr Sara Calvo Martinez (Living In Minca)
  To read more about the social enterprise and enter the International Social Innovation Challenge 2016 click here.

 

I am grateful to Dr Sara Calvo for recommending me for the interview.

However, it does pain me to state that the team at Pioneers Post misinterpreted my comments and the the final edited article headline used for Facebook and Twitter was upsetting and frustrating to read. 

I feel it is necessary for me to politely clarify that I was not a little lost as the article suggests but was grieving for the loss of my beloved mother who had passed away from metastatic breast cancer six months earlier when I enrolled on the MOOC.

The course was an opportunity for me to channel my grief and energies into my passion and fairtrade campaigns while I was healing.

It is important to change the narrative about Muslim women in society.

I would like to see more Muslim women visible in social entrepreneurship and dispel the many myths and stereo types associated about Muslim women, education and how Muslim women are perceived in the wider social entrepreneurial global movement.

Sabeena Ahmed Creator and Founder of The Little Fair Trade Shop

Pioneers Post - How Online Training is Revolutionising Social Enterprise Start Support

 

 

SIX ITEMS CHALLENGE 2020

WITH LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL

Sabeena Ahmed supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE

 Sabeena Ahmed supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020

with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE 

 

Sabeena Ahmed supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE

Sabeena at the beach supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020

with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE 

 

Sabeena Ahmed supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE
 Sabeena and her fairtrade bag

 

 Sabeena Ahmed supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE
Sabeena on the beach near Burj Al Arab

 

 

SIX ITEMS CHALLENGE 2020

WITH LABOUR BEHIND THE LABEL

I'm participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label. This year the challenge commences

26th February - 9th April 2020.  

I have decided to participate and support the Six Items Challenge for the eighth year because I started to campaign for garment and factory workers while caring for my mother who had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

The six items challenge means I choose six items of clothing to wear for six weeks.

Don't worry!

This does not include under garments or exercise gear. You can wear an endless supply of these. :)

This year I hope to up-cycle some of the clothes my mother purchased for me before she passed away.

It is a long term ambition to design a fairtrade slow fashion collection in memory of my beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and support fair trade certified cotton farmers, sustainable and ethical producers.

My beloved mother was a great advocate for women's empowerment and education.

I believe she would have been happy and proud of me to continue my campaigning for the millions of countless individuals producing clothes and accessories in factories and workshops around the world.

Hopefully by the end of the Six Week Challenge I would have educated a few people and raised a few pounds/dirhams.

 

WHAT IS FAST FASHION?

Fast fashion is a term the fashion industry uses to entice consumers to purchase new trends, products and accessories every six to eight weeks. Some collections can be produced within a 12 day time frame.

Most of the products are cheap, poor quality and mass produced by workers in factories, work shops around the world.

Workers are paid low salaries, endure long hours and work in poor conditions to support their families.

Many are as young as 14 are the only bread winners and often forfeit the chance of a decent education and future

Many factories use hazardous chemicals to dye their fabrics and this water is discharged into rivers and the sea polluting eco systems and depleting fish stocks.

I hope to record vlogs and raise awareness about garment workers over the next coming weeks.

Best regards to all the Six Items Challenge participants.

Love and regards
Sabeena X

 

WEEK ONE

 

 

 

Earth Hour 2020, Dubai, UAE

During the Covid 19 LockIn Dubai I managed to support Earth Hour Dubai 2020.

Earth Hour 2020, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed

My living room - Earth Hour 2020, Dubai, UAE 

 

Earth Hour 2020, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed

Omani Lanterns - Earth Hour 2020, Dubai, UAE 

 

Earth Hour 2020, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed

Omani Lanterns - Earth Hour 2020, Dubai, UAE 

It was a peaceful evening in unprecedented times.

Wishing everyone around the world health and happiness during the Corona Virus.

Please stay safe and stay at home for all key workers.

Sabeena X 

 

Further Reading and Links

Living with Endometriosis, PCOS - Sabeena Ahmed 

Pioneers Post featuring Living in Minca and Sabeena Ahmed

Future Learn

Six Items Challenge 2020 (TBA)





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