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March 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

March 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

March 2021

 

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries, celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 21 completed my 9th Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind the Label, and 

participated in International Women's Day 2021 with

The World Fair Trade Organization

 

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.

During November 2017 I had my first rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder, and then a year later October 2018 I had the same surgery on my left shoulder.

Its been a long 4 years of excruciating pain, sleepless nights and slow healing.

I still have bouts of low energy, pain and anxiety.

I am learning more about self care, a good healthy diet, exercise and loving myself.

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

 

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 - London, UK 

Choose The World You Want - Festival of Climate Change Fairtrade and You - Facebook Banner courtesy of the Fairtrade Foundation

 

This year I celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 alone shielding in London, UK.

 This year the Fairtrade Foundation's campaign is about Climate Change.

 

 

I started the week with a webinar hosted by the Guardian online and journalist Lucy Siegle.

 

How is the climate crisis affecting the global food supply webinar hosted by the Guardian Online and the Fairtrade Foundation - 22 March 2021

 

How is the climate crisis affecting the global food supply webinar hosted by the Guardian Online and the Fairtrade Foundation - 22 March 2021

 

How is the climate crisis affecting the global food supply webinar hosted by the Guardian Online and the Fairtrade Foundation - 22 March 2021
Guest speakers 

 

Day 2

Meet Bernard Njoroge, Senior Programme Officer at Fairtrade Africa and Coffee Farmer.

In this video Bernard talks about the impact climate change has had on coffee farmers.

 Video courtesy of the Fairtrade Foundation UK

 

Day 3

Creativity Against the Climate Crisis webinar - Fairtrade Fortnight 2021

I participated in a webinar with actress and patron of the Fairtrade Foundation Adjoa Andoh, Actor and Fairtrade Foundation Patron, and her guests discuss the role creative expression plays in climate activism.

 

Creativity Against the Climate Crisis webinar - Fairtrade Fortnight 2021


Guests

Tracey Zengeni

Stefan Crawford

Tolmeia Gregory

Jocelyn Longdon

 

Meet Marike de Peña, Managing Director of a smallholder banana co-operative called Banelino in the Dominican Republic. In this video Marike talks about how farming communities are struggling with low prices and climate change.

 

Day 4

YUMMY!
 
INGREDIENTS
 
FOR THE ESPRESSO MOCHA BROWNIE
· 185g Essential Unsalted Dairy Butter
· 185g No.1 Peru Dark Chocolate 80%
· 3 large Waitrose Eggs British Blacktail Free Range
· 140g Waitrose Light Brown Soft Sugar
· 140g Waitrose Golden Caster Sugar
· 85g Essential Plain White Flour
· 40g Green & Black’s Fairtrade Cocoa
· 1 tbsp No.1 Peru Ground Coffee
· 50g Waitrose Walnut Pieces, roasted
· 50g Cooks’ Ingredients Milk Chocolate Chips
 
 
FOR THE COFFEE CREAM
• 400ml Essential Whipping Cream
• 150g Waitrose Belgian White Chocolate
• 10g liquid glucose
• 1 tsp ground coffee
 
#fairtradefortnight21
#fairtradebrownies

 

To read more about my blog Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 click here.

 

Six Items Challenge 2021 with Labour Behind The Label

 I'd like to begin this blog with love and gratitude for my beloved mother who returned to her maker April 2016.

 

IN MEMORIAM

Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano - Fairtrade advocate and Labour Behind The Label supporter

 My beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano who encouraged me to participate in my very first Six Items Challenge 2012

Thank you for your unconditional love, compassion and kindness.

You taught me to live my life with dignity, honesty and compassion.

Miss you always! X

 

SIX ITEMS CHALLENGE 2021 VIDEOS

WEEK ONE - Introduction to the Six Items Challenge 2020 (English)

 

WEEK TWO - The Six Items Challenge 2021 and What is Fast Fashion? (Urdu) 

 

WEEK THREE - The Six Items Challenge items of clothing in English

 

 

WEEK FOUR - Labour Behind The Label's Campaign (English)

 
We were under lockdown or lock in as I prefer to call it during the last two weeks of the fashion fast.

 

As the Corona Virus (Covid 19) pandemic spread around the world and we all stayed indoors for safety and support for key workers.

 

 

WEEK FIVE - Labour Behind The Labour Campaign (Urdu)



 

WEEK SIX -  Thank You! (English) TBA

video to be added

 

Covid-19: Call on brands to step up and protect the people who make their clothes during the pandemic

#PAYWOURWORKERS #RESPECTYOURWORKERS

 Six Items Challenge 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed and Labour Behind The Label Campaign Pay Your Workers

Labour Behind The Label are calling on big brands to protect all workers in the supply chains and #PayYourWorkers.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

Tell brands: It’s time to #PayYourWorkers

The 35 million people around the world who sew our clothes make some of the lowest wages in the world.

10% of the apparel workforce may have already been laid off since the start of the pandemic. Millions more are at risk of being fired and have not received their full wages for months. The vast majority of these workers are women, in jobs with no respect for their labour rights, leading to a massive imbalance of power in the industry. Many report skipping meals, borrowing money to buy food, and struggling to afford vegetables or meat for their families as the pandemic’s economic crisis rages on.

Please sign the petition, share widely and tell the NIKE, NEXT and AMAZON  to #PayYourWorkers!

 

Brands and retailers must respect labour rights and pay their workers. We are calling on brands and retailers to:

  • Pay the workers who make their clothes their full wages for the duration of the pandemic;

  • Make sure workers are never again left penniless if their factory goes bankrupt, by signing onto a negotiated severance guarantee fund; and

  • Protect workers’ right to organise and bargain collectively.

 

 #WomanOfFairTrade - International Women's Day 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum. peace and blessings everyone!

My name is Sabeena. 

I'm a fairtrade campaigner, educator and social entrepreneur.

Here is is my message for International Women's Day 2021!

I support fairtrade because I believe in the the 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

The Ten Principles of Fair Trade

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the fairtrade women powerhouses of the world who have supported my work over the past 12 years.

Thank you for supporting me in 2008 when I first wrote to you about starting a Fair Trade movement in the UAE. #MonaElSayed @fairtradeegypt

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 The Fair Trade Egypt Brand Logo

 

Thank you Roopa Mehta (Apa) @sasha_fairtrade and President of the World Fair Trade Organization for visiting me in Dxb and telling me to keep my head down and work hard!

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 Roopa Mehta President of the World Fair Trade Organization

 

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Thank you Gulshan Bibi, social entrepreneur, activist and women's empowerment advocate at Sabah Pakistan for your strength and determination. #SabahPakistan #Sungi

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

Me with Gulshan Bibi (Brown Scarf) and family

 

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

Sabah Pakistan Wall Hanging

 

Thank you to the Founder of Selyn Fairtrade, Sri Lanka Mrs Sandra Wanduragala @selynfairtrade for your passion for organic cotton and education.

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 Mrs Sandra Wanduragala Founder of Selyn Sri Lanka

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 

If you would like to read more of my International Women's Day 2021 blog click here.

Love, peace and blessings to all fairtrade producers and artisans on International Women's Day 21!

Together We Are Stronger!!!

#AllForFairTrade #WomenOfFairTrade

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

#WomensDay2021 #InternationalWomensDay2021 

The World Fair Trade Organization

 

If you've made it this far again this month, I'm seriously impressed! :)

Thank you for reading my blog and watching my videos.

Love, peace and blessings

Sabeena

 





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THRIVE LDN - Great Mental Health Day Webinars January 2024 (English and Urdu)
THRIVE LDN - Great Mental Health Day Webinars January 2024 (English and Urdu)

My sister sent me links to webinars about Great Mental Health Day which took place 26th January 2024.

I am grateful to all the guest speakers and trainers who took time out of their busy schedules to talk about Suicide Prevention, Bereavement and Write to Speak Your Poetry.

Translation in Urdu

میری بہن نے مجھے عظیم دماغی صحت کے دن کے بارے میں ویبینرز کے لنکس بھیجے جو 26 جنوری 2024 کو ہوا تھا۔

میں ان تمام مہمان مقررین اور ٹرینرز کا مشکور ہوں جنہوں نے اپنے مصروف شیڈول میں سے وقت نکال کر خودکشی کی روک تھام، سوگ اور اپنی شاعری لکھنے کے بارے میں بات کی۔


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January 2024 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary
January 2024 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my fair trade friends and family around the world.

My right shoulder is still very painful and inflamed again and I have struggled to type this blog.

Despite my pain I managed to attend a webinar and record videos about PIE Community members expressing an interest to join.

I joined a couple of sessions about Mental Health and Suicide Training.

These sessions were organised by THRIVE LDN.

Translation in Urdu

نیا سال مبارک ہو!

دنیا بھر میں میرے تمام منصفانہ تجارتی دوستوں اور اہل خانہ کو نیا سال مبارک ہو۔

میرا دایاں کندھا اب بھی بہت تکلیف دہ ہے اور دوبارہ سوجن ہے اور میں نے اس بلاگ کو ٹائپ کرنے کے لیے جدوجہد کی ہے۔

اپنی تکلیف کے باوجود میں ایک ویبنار میں شرکت کرنے اور کمیونٹی کے ممبران کے بارے میں ویڈیوز ریکارڈ کرنے میں کامیاب ہو گی جو اس میں شامل ہونے میں دلچسپی کا اظہار کرتے ہیں۔

میں دماغی صحت اور خودکشی کی تربیت کے بارے میں کچھ سیشنز میں شامل ہوے۔

ان سیشنز کا اہتمام THRIVE LDN نے کیا تھا۔

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Expression of interest to join World Pulse's Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee  (PIE) - February 2024
Expression of interest to join World Pulse's Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) - February 2024

During December 2023 I was invited to join the Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee (PIE) ad hoc sub group to encourage and motivate new World Pulse Community members to join.

Despite my poor health and painful right shoulder I have recorded a video in English, edited it and added subtitles in English and Urdu.

Please kindly click below to apply as a member of the Powershift Excellence Committee.

Application Form link https://forms.gle/TUDeGiXwTtzqv4oh6

The date for the submission of the application form is the 2nd February 2024, but this date could be extended. 

I forget to mention in the video that Community members must adhere to the following criteria:

1. Applicants must be World Pulse Community Members for 2 years.

2. Applicants must be World Pulse badge holders.

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