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May 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2021

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries, raised awareness for Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 participated in two webinars,

the first webinar was a round table discussion about Social Enterprise in the UAE. the second was about 'Periods in a Pandemic.'

 

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 Ethical Ramadan 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, Fairtrade and You.

Continuing the theme I thought I'd continue campaigning for fairtrade farmers and producers by raising awareness for fair trade and ethical products during Ramadan.

 

Fairtrade Ramadan Day 1

I started the week supporting fairtrade banana producers, or as my sister calls me 'banana babe.'

 

Fairtrade Ramadan 2021, Day 1 - Support fairtrade banana producers with Sabeena Ahmed
Fairtrade Ramadan 2021, Day 1 -
Support fairtrade banana producers with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Fairtrade Ramadan 2021, Day 1 - Support fairtrade banana producers with Sabeena Ahmed (Ramadan Kareem) table runner
Fairtrade Ramadan 2021, Day 1 - Support fairtrade banana producers with Sabeena Ahmed (Ramadan Kareem) table runner

 

Day 2

Fairtrade green decaf tea!

 Fairtrade Ramadan 2021, Day 2 - Support fairtrade tea producers with Sabeena Ahmed (fairtrade green decaf tea)

Fairtrade Ramadan 2021, Day 2 - Support fairtrade tea producers with Sabeena Ahmed (fairtrade green decaf tea) 

 

Fairtrade Ramadan 2021, Day 2 - Support fairtrade tea producers with Sabeena Ahmed (fairtrade green decaf tea)

Fairtrade Ramadan 2021, Day 2 - Support fairtrade tea producers with Sabeena Ahmed (fairtrade green decaf tea) 

 

Day 3

Fairtrade tea supporting Kenyan and Indian fair trade tea farmers, Fairtrade Ramadan with Sabeena Ahmed

Had a strong and sweet fairtrade brew at Iftar this evening.

  

Support Kenyan and Indian tea farmers this Ramadan.

 

'Buying Co-op Fairtrade tea means you're making a difference.

 

Fairtrade guarantees farmers a minimum price, and an additional premium paid to workers to invest in business or community projects of their choice.

 

In India, the workers at Coonoor and Parkside Tea Estates have spent Fairtrade Premium on community welfare initiatives such as establishing a Women's Empowerment Programme, setting up diabetes screening and eye tests, and funding tuition fees and transportation for local school children.

 

The Fairtrade Premium has also funded environmental projects such as the Plastic Awareness Programme conducted at the Coonoor tea estate.'

 

Source The Co-op UK

 

Fairtrade tea supporting Kenyan and Indian fair trade tea farmers, Fairtrade Ramadan with Sabeena Ahmed

 

 

Fairtrade tea supporting Kenyan and Indian fair trade tea farmers, Fairtrade Ramadan with Sabeena Ahmed 

 

Day 4

Fairtrade sugar farmers, Fairtrade Ramadan with Sabeena Ahmed

 

 

Fairtrade sugar farmers Javier Keme, Fairtrade Ramadan with Sabeena Ahmed

 

 

Fairtrade sugar Crème brûlée Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe, Fairtrade Ramadan with Sabeena Ahmed

 

This Ramadan I'm using fairtrade sugar supporting fairtrade sugar farmers like Javier Keme BSCFA from Belize.

 

There's also a recipe to make Crème Brûlée Raspberry Cheesecake on the packet.

 

INGREDIENTS
For the base:
75g Unsalted butter
250g Digestive biscuits crushed into crumbs

 

For the filling:
1 sachet powdered gelatine
3 tbsp water
375g soft cream cheese
3 egg yolks
75g caster sugar
575ml double cream, whipped until stiff
1 large punnet raspberries
3tsp vanilla essence

 

For the topping:
50-75g Demerara sugar

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Melt the butter and stir in the biscuit crumbs, press 4 individual loose-based cheesecake tins (or 1 large one).

 

2. Sprinkle the gelatine over 3 tablespoons of water, leave until spongy and then microwave to melt. Stir until clear

 

3, Place cream cheese, egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk well until smooth and creamy.

 

4. Stir the whipped cream into the cheese mixture, along with the vanilla essence. Then stir in the gelatine.

 

5. Sprinkle most of the raspberries over the biscuit base in the tins.

 

6. Pour the cheese mixture over the top and smooth. Chill for an hour or so.

 

7. When the filling is set, sprinkle each cheesecake with demerara sugar over the top and brown with a blow torch.

 

8. Place back in the fridge until ready to eat.

 

Recipe and Source: Co-op UK

 

 

Day 5

 

The Little Fair Trade Blog - Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Sabeena and Irem Ahmed

 Many thanks to my sister Irem for supporting fairtrade and fairtrade banana farmers this Ramadan.

 

The Little Fair Trade Blog - Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Sabeena and Irem Ahmed

 Proud to support the Cooperativa Bananera de Rio Frio Coobafrio (COOBAFRIO), Colombia banana producers and farmers.

 

Day 6

 

The Little Fair Trade Blog - Celebrating Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Irem and Sabeena Ahmed

 

'When your dishes are dry and it's time for a brew,
There's a small (but amazing) thing you can do,
Put on the kettle, pull up a chair, pour fairtrade tea.
Let's make the world fair!'

 

 

The Little Fair Trade Blog - Celebrating Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Irem and Sabeena Ahmed
My lovely fairtrade organic certified cotton tea towel, produced by Cotton Roots using the finest fairtrade and organic cotton. FLO ID 23551.

 

 

The Little Fair Trade Blog - Celebrating Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Irem and Sabeena Ahmed

 

 

The Little Fair Trade Blog - Celebrating Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Irem and Sabeena Ahmed

 

 

The Little Fair Trade Blog - Celebrating Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Irem and Sabeena Ahmed

Beautifully modelled by my sister Irem. 

 

 

 Day 7

 The Little Fair Trade Blog - Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed  

As a self confessed Fairtrade chocoholic, I had to share this box of fairtrade Maltesers which took me down memory lane. So pleased it's still fairtrade. 

  

The Little Fair Trade Blog - Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

What's your favourite fairtrade chocolate?

 

I hope to add more fairtrade chocolate brands this Ramadan.

 

For those interested a link to a article about Maltesers. Maltesers becomes Mars’ first Fairtrade brand - Laura O'Reilly

 

 

 

British Council, Social Enterprise UK and the Beyond Consultancy Group - Social Enterprise in the UAE

This month I participated in a webinar hosted by The British Council and the Beyond Consultancy Group.

The purpose of the webinar was to collate information for a paper about the Eco Systems and Landscape of Social Enterprise in the United Arab Emirates.

The British Council has implemented Global Social Enterprise Programme since 2009 which draws on the UK experience in social enterprise to promote its growth around the world.  

To help guide these efforts, the British Council UAE invited me to take part in the consultation workshop.

The workshop was led by their partners Social Enterprise UK and Beyond Group and envisaged an honest, open, participative discussion to build trust and enable constructive feedback. 

This webinar was held 4th February 2021 and covered the following areas.

 

  1. present mapping objectives and introduce project partners
  2. secure buy-in and support from stakeholders and relevant networks
  3. validate methodology and data collection process.

 

I attended the follow up round table discussion about the findings May 20th and hope to read the research paper soon. 

To learn more please contact Asmaa Ibrahim at the British Council for further details and information.

Asmaa Ibrahim, Project Manager – Education and Skills | Programmes

British Council | United Arab Emirates

Contact Email: asmaa.ibrahim@ae.britishcouncil.org

 

 

Periods in a Pandemic - UK Research Findings

I also attended a webinar hosted by Gemma Williams.

Gemma Williams is a Research Fellow at Birmingham City University,

Her research focuses on menstruation, gender health and equalities.

Her details are Gemma.Williams@bcu.ac.uk and her social media handle is @Pandemic Period

Many thanks to all the guest speakers participating in the webinar.

It was a very educational and informative session.

Gemma Williams, Neelam Heera, Nisha, Nicole Talmer, Vicky Chapman, Hazel, Jenny Lincoln, Chella Quint, Gemma Baker and Tina Leslie. Apologies for missing key guest speakers.

Guest Speakers

Neelam Heera @neelamheera and founder of @cystersgroup

A charity working with marginalised groups around reproductive wellbeing. Any support in amplifying our work and the voice of minority groups is greatly appreciated. So do give us a follow! www.cysters.org

Nisha from Period Health Matters here @periodhealthmatters

Nicole from Bridgend College, Wales. 

Nicole runs a GRL group an initiative to provide free eco-friendly sanitary packs for all students who experience periods.

Vicky Chapman, Development Officer involved with @PKAVSTamponTaxi and also Support Group Leader for @EndoDundee

Hazel @CicNest, is working on a project to deliver RSH menstrual health workshops in secondary schools in Exeter.  

Jenny Lincoln from Plan UK, developing policy positions and influencing Government. Jennifer.lincoln@plan-uk.org.

Chella Quint @chellaquint from Period Positive - a campaign with a framework, charter award and training to support schools, organisations, companies, and communities looking to develop more inclusive, sustainable, and participant-focused menstrual literacy and education.

You can follow Chella @period_positive and apply for the (free!) charter programme at http://bit.ly/PPCharter which has had a successful pilot and is now expanding UK wide.

Gemma Baker, Communications and Grants Office at Milford Haven School, secondary school in Pembrokeshire. 

Key part of Gemma’s work is overseeing the spending plan for the school’s Period Poverty Grant from Welsh Government, which she’s been doing for the past 3 years.

Tina Leslie, Founder of Freedom4Girls, and Victoria (Tora) Abrahams. 

F4G is a Leeds based charity, aims are to support those who menstruate by challenging the stigmas, taboos and gender inequalities associated with menstruation through education, provision of menstrual health management solutions and actively being at the forefront of the wider campaign against period poverty.

 

TAKING ACTION

Friday 28th May is International Menstrual Hygiene Day! 

Find out more: https://menstrualhygieneday.org/

 

Hastag #ItsTimeForAction and #MHDAY2021 @menstrualhygieneday

(Facebook, Instagram) and @mhday28may (Twitter). 

Please be aware that the campaign video mainly refers to women and girls, but we (Periods in a Pandemic project) recognise that trans and non-binary people also menstruate and need to be included in menstrual activism, policy, education and research.

 

If you've read this far, you deserve lots of big pat on the back.

Thank you for reading and I hope to bring you another monthly blog next month

Love and respect

Sabeena

 

Further Reading and Links

Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed (TBA)

Social Enterprise in the UAE Research Findings

Living with PCOS and Endometriosis - by Sabeena Ahmed

Periods in a Pandemic

Menstral Hygiene Day 

 





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