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April 2022 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2022 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from my procedure (January 2022) to alleviate the pain in my left shoulder.

I celebrated Fairtrade Ramadan.

I continued to participate in my 10th Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.

I participated in the Ikea Lagom Live Get Growing Session.

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Ikea Lagom Live April 2022 Get Growing Session with S Z Ahmed

Ikea Lagom Live April 2022 Get Growing Session with S Z Ahmed

This months session was titled Get Growing.

I enjoyed learning about get growing at home, composting and the activity slides.

Many thanks to Ahmed for creating and organising the presentation and providing refreshments.

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My 10th Six Items Challenge 2022 with Labour Behind The Label and Sabeena Z Ahmed

My 10th Six Items Challenge 2022 with Labour Behind The Label and Sabeena Z Ahmed

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum, peace and blessings! 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my Six Items Challenge 2022 blog.

I'm Sabeena, a social entrepreneur, fair trade campaigner and educator.

So here I am for the 10th consecutive year participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.

This blog has taken a long time to complete due to a horrible bacterial eye infection I've had since February. 

This year the challenge commences 2nd March - 27th April 2022. 

Happy 20th Birthday Labour Behind The Labour team!

Much love

Sabeena

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World Cancer Day 2022 - ۲۰ ۲۲ کینسر کا عالمی دن with Sabeena Z Ahmed

World Cancer Day 2022 - ۲۰ ۲۲ کینسر کا عالمی دن with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum, peace and blessings,

My name is Sabeena and this is my message for World Cancer Day 2022!

My beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer March 2012, she was 59 years old.

Mum courageously received 4 years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy before she returned to her maker April 2016, she was 62 years old.

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December 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

December 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

Another painful month and a stressful month with my left shoulder.

I went to see an orthopaedic consultant who recommended I have injections to alleviate the pain in my left shoulder.

I attended the virtual World Pulse Community Mentor Graduation 2021 and after 4 years wrote my personal experiences about Invisible Disabilities and Chronic Pain.

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Living with Invisible Disabilities and Chronic Pain with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Living with Invisible Disabilities and Chronic Pain with Sabeena Z Ahmed

My name is Sabeena, I love fair trade chocolate, travelling and writing blogs and producing films and about the fair trade producers and artisans I visit when I'm well.

I've lived with invisible disabilities for 30 years and chronic pain for last 4.

I've tried to keep the video short because my left shoulder is very painful.

Its been frustrating explaining my invisible medical disabilities and chronic pain to individuals who couldn't care less.

I'd like to change the narrative!

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Journey to Create a Sustainable Christmas/Ramadan/Eid Session - IKEA Lagom Live with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Journey to Create a Sustainable Christmas/Ramadan/Eid Session - IKEA Lagom Live with Sabeena Z Ahmed

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November 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

November 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

Another painful month and a stressful MRI scan and multiple appointments to see my orthopaedic consultant. My left shoulder has been excruciatingly painful.

I was happy to receive my copy of Bruce Crowther's book 'Not In My Lifetime.'

I attended day one of the annual International Fair Trade Towns Conference 2021.

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October 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

October 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries. Another painful month with my shoulders causing me stress and pain.

I published my blog and videos about the World Literacy Foundation Ambassador Program in English and Urdu. This blog took 5 months to write and translate due to my painful shoulders.

I attended the Ethical Consumer Week online conference 2021 and wrote a summary of some of the sessions I attended.

I was chosen to attend the IKEA Lagom Live 9 month sustainability program.

I received my certificate for attending the Muslim Mental Health and Wellbeing Alliance Conference, Muslim Mental Health in an Unequal World.

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Ethical Consumer Week 2021 - Closing the Climate Gap Summary by Sabeena Z Ahmed

Ethical Consumer Week 2021 - Closing the Climate Gap Summary by Sabeena Z Ahmed

For the second year I attended sessions at the Ethical Consumer 2021 virtual conference.

Here is my summary of some sessions I attended.

Many thanks to the Ethical Consumer team and guest speakers for their time.

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September 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

September 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries. Another painful month with my shoulders causing me stress and pain.

I celebrated International Literacy Day 2021 online with the World Literacy Foundation.

I attended the World Pulse Community Mentor Midpoint Check In Zoom webinar with other mentors and mentees.

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World Literacy Foundation Ambassador Program 2021 Summary in English and Urdu with Sabeena Z Ahmed

World Literacy Foundation Ambassador Program 2021 Summary in English and Urdu with Sabeena Z Ahmed

'Literacy has been my light and hope through the most challenging times in my life. 
Sabeena Z Ahmed

For the second time I applied to participate as a World Literacy Foundation Ambassador with the World Literacy Foundation. My application was successful. 

Translation in Urdu
اردو میں ترجمہ
میری زندگی کے مشکل ترین اوقات میں خواندگی میری روشنی

اور امید رہی ہے۔

دوسری بار میں نے ورلڈ لٹریسی فاؤنڈیشن کے ساتھ ورلڈ لٹریسی فاؤنڈیشن
کے سفیر کے طور پر شرکت کے لیے درخواست دی۔ میری درخواست کامیاب رہی۔

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World Literacy Day 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed with Urdu Translation

World Literacy Day 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed with Urdu Translation

Happy International Literacy Day 2021

This year I celebrated International Literacy Day which takes place on the

8th September annually.

This year I campaigned for the World Literacy Foundation on social media.

خواندگی کا عالمی دن 2021 مبارک ہو۔

اس سال میں نے خواندگی کا عالمی دن منایا جو کہ اس دن ہوتا ہے۔
8 ستمبر ہر سال۔

اس سال میں نے سوشل میڈیا پر ورلڈ لٹریسی فاؤنڈیشن کے لیے مہم چلائی۔

 

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July 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

July 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries. My shoulders were particularly painful and I struggled to type.

I participated in my third Plastic Free July 2021.

Many thanks to the Common Objective team for organising and hosting the EXPO 2021 webinars.

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Plastic Free July 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Plastic Free July 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

My Plastic Free July 2021 Summary.

This year was a painful and difficult Plastic Free July, my shoulders caused me severe pain and typing and posting was very difficult.

I've tried my very best to continue to live a plastic free lifestyle and am making gradual changes.

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Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

My Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021, showcasing fairtrade certified food, drink and cosmetics that I and my siblings helped to consume and use responsibly during the blessed month of Ramadan.

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Eid Clothes, A fair trade and ethical perspective by Sabeena Ahmed

Eid Clothes, A fair trade and ethical perspective by Sabeena Ahmed

 As a self confessed conscious ethical consumer I am shopping online for my sister who is far more fashionable than I am.  I struggle to find any ethical sustainable or fairtrade shalwar kameez (traditional Pakistani costume) brands and end my search defeated and disappointed.

 

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April 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries, raised awareness for Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 participated in a Wikipedia training session with Whose Knowledge and World Pulse and  

was Sister of Ceremonies for the Encourager Party with World Pulse.

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Six Items Challenge 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed and Labour Behind The Label

Six Items Challenge 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed and Labour Behind The Label

So here I am for the ninth consecutive year participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.

This year the challenge commences 17th February - 31st March 2021. 

I have decided to participate and support the Six Items Challenge for the ninth 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.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 - London, UK with Sabeena Ahmed

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 - London, UK with Sabeena Ahmed

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

This year the Fairtrade Foundation's campaign focussed on Climate Change.

Many thanks to all fairtrade farmers, fairtrade organisations, volunteers and The Fairtrade Foundation team for making this virtual online festival an amazing success, and motivating campaigners like myself to learn and do more. :)

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World Cancer Day 2021 - A visit to Javed Manzil with my beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano

World Cancer Day 2021 - A visit to Javed Manzil with my beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano

This World Cancer Day 2021 I'd like to share my precious memories of my Amee (mother) Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and the precious time we shared together when we visited Javed Manzil, Badshahi Mosque and Shalimar Gardens, Lahore, 2012.

I hope my words and videos will encourage other South East Asian Diaspora to talk openly about their loss, grief and bereavement.

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An honest review of the Facetheory Acne Range 2020/21 with Sabeena Ahmed

An honest review of the Facetheory Acne Range 2020/21 with Sabeena Ahmed

Acne does not define you!

For those struggling with acne please be kind to yourself, find your tribe and those who love you and help you to achieve your dreams and ambitions. 

This blog is an honest review of the Facetheory Acne Range tried and tested November 2020 to present.

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December 2020 Newsletter Video Blog Summary

December 2020 Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery and

ordered acne products from a vegan, paraben and cruelty free company called Facetheory, located Sheffield, UK.

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Fair Trade Ethical Living - The Little Fair Trade Stamps and what they mean

Fair Trade Ethical Living - The Little Fair Trade Stamps and what they mean

2015 was an exciting time in my life as I worked to complete my first professional website.

With my friend and talented Creative Director Helen Barlow Scott, we worked diligently to design The Little Fair Trade Stamps which would be included in the launch of The Little Fair Trade Shop website Quarter 1, 2016.

In this blog I explain what each stamp means and introduce you to a fairtrade producer who has aligned their business to implement and promote a living wage, decent working conditions, transparency and accountability, empowerment, environmental sustainability, dignity and self respect for all.

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