Six Items Challenge 2017
Hello and Assalaam Alaikum (peace and blessings) everyone, Thank you for dropping by.
So here I am for the sixth consecutive year participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.
This year the challenge commences 1 March - 12 April 2017.
Six Items Challenge 2017
For those interested I have also attached links to the Six Items Challenges 2016 and 2012 - 2016.
Six Items Challenge 2016
Six Items Challenge 2012-2015
WEEK 6 - 5th April 2017 currently edited
WEEK 5 - 29th March 2017
WEEK 4 - 22nd March 2017
WEEK 3 - 15th March 2017
WEEK 2 - 8th March 2017
I conducted a photoshoot Sunday, many thanks to my dear friend Mrs Saima Tahqiq for being a super star and applying my Odylique vegan, organic make up.
Odylique vegan, organic and fairtrade make up
WEEK 1 - 1 March 2017...
It was the first day of the challenge yesterday and I've been busy taking care and entertaining guests from the UK.
Many thanks to Mrs Saima Tahqiq for taking my photographs.
This beautiful zardozi wire work and crystal beads outfit in the photograph above was chosen by my late mother for me to wear at a cousins wedding.
I believe global goal 10 is so important for all women garment workers around the world.
Natascia Radice supports Global Goal 10 #ReducedInequalities!
My Gold Tattoos
Afternoon tea with Nadiya Hussain
Afternoon Tea and Book Signing with Nadiya Hussain
Week 1 Continued
Many thanks to my sister in Manchester for donating to a generous amount of money this week.
Why I'm here?
I have decided to participate and support the Six Items Challenge for the sixth 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. :)
For my challenge I've decided to wear one glamourous outfit as prescribed by my mother, a plainer everyday cotton Pakistani traditional costume and a hand embroidered cotton kameez (long blouse) and trousers designed and created by a young lady called Yasmeen.
My glamourous outfit
I interviewed Yasmeen at the Ra'ana Liaquat Craftmans Colony, Karachi, Pakistan during March 2015. Yasmeen is originally from Balochistan and is determined to raise the profile of Balochi traditional embroidery. I am honoured to support her and her business.
Interview with Yasmeen at the RLCC, Karachi, Pakistan
Interview with Yasmeen
This year I hope to design a clothes range in memory of my beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and support fair trade certified cotton farmers and ethical producers.
It's been a difficult 9 months grieving for MUM.
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.
Most of the products are cheap, poor quality and mass produced by workers in sweat shops around the world.
Workers in many cases are under age children who endure long hours 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.
What can ''YOU'' do?
Every little helps and your donation will provide Labour Behind The Label the opportunity to raise awareness about the rights of factory workers and improve their wages and working conditions.
A Living Wage is a Human Right.
To read more about Labour Behind The Label and their campaigns please click on the link below.
If you feel inspired, sign up and take the challenge with me.
Think twice when out and about conducting that much needed retail therapy.
Do you really need that skirt, blouse, dress, shoes, bags?
Could you purchase an ethical alternative that supports artisans, doesn't exploit animals and protects the environment?
IF the answers are yes than find out where the shops are in your local area.
Do you have a creative streak? Why not upcycle that old blouse, dress or jacket you just can't throw away. Take up sewing or enrol on a fashion design course at your local college maybe even invite a friend or two.
Alternatively, if like me you like a good bargain, how about walking down to your local charity shop, visit your local car boot sale or donate your clothing to organisations who support millions without adequate clothing.
A recent survey indicated that American consumers throw away 68 pounds of clothing in their lifetime. Clothes and accessories that take years to decompose in landfills.
Why not host ''The True Cost'' a documentary showcasing fast fashion and the treatment of garment workers around the world and organise a clothes swap.
Why wait? Start today...inspire others and be an ethical conscious consumer, support garment workers, fairtrade and ethical producers receive a decent living wage and good working conditions.
Thank you for reading.
Warmest regards and love
Further Reading and Links
To learn more about how your fashion choices can make a difference please click on the links and articles below.
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This years World Fair Trade Organization campaign was 'Agent For Change', Human Chains for Fair Trade and the Planet.
I am very grateful to the beautiful ladies at the Dubai Business Women Council who very kindly modelled the Agent for Change posters for me.
I also managed to go to Jumeirah beach and conduct an impromptu beach photo shoot near the iconic Burj Al Arab.
Best wishes to all fairtrade producers, artists, supporters, volunteers and friends around the world for being the voice and change for social, environmental and trade justice.
RESPECT, STAY STRONG, PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
This month I completed the WFTO Asia - Introduction to Gender course and my Six Items Challenge 2017.
Attended The Muslim Lifestyle Show said hello to the Macmillan Cancer Support volunteers and purchased fairtrade dates from the Zaytoun stand.
Travelled to Manchester, UK to pay respects to my parents. A year has passed since my beautiful mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer.
Enjoyed a vegetarian lunch and interviewed Dr Sara Parker who has designed two fairtrade puppet sets with fairtrade producers in Nepal.
Celebrated Fashion Revolution Week.
Continued to mentor and support my World Pulse Change Maker Joanna in Poland.
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