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Common Purpose and The Pakistani Disapora Leaders Programme - October 2019, London, UK

Common Purpose and The Pakistani Disapora Leaders Programme - October 2019, London, UK

 I wrote to the Common Purpose London team late September and was accepted on their prestigious 5 day Pakistani Disapora Leaders Programme. 

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My Fair Trade Story Video Presentation - Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

My Fair Trade Story Video Presentation - Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

How it all began my fair trade story video presentation 2019 and graduation award ceremony with Chief Executive of the School For Social Entrepreneurs Mr Alistair Wilson and HE Reem Abdel Rahim BinKaram Director of NAMA Women Advancement and Establishment.

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Live Below The Line 2014 - Dubai, UAE - Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Live Below The Line 2014 - Dubai, UAE - Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

During April/May of 2014 I decided to participate with Practical Action and the Live Below The Line 2014 UK campaign to highlight how 1 billion people around the world slept hungry every night and lived on less than one dollar a day.

The issue is one that is very close to my heart as my fairtrade work focuses on alleviating poverty.

Fairtrade supports the Sustainable Development Goals, and every individual deserves to live with dignity, respect and not spend a single night hungry.

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October 2019 - Newsletter Video blog Summary

October 2019 - Newsletter Video blog Summary

This October I continued with Plastic Free July. 

Participated in the Pakistani Diaspora Leaders Programme with Common Purpose UK.
Received my copies of His Own Man A Victorian 'Hidden' Muslim The Life and Times of Robert 'Reschid' Stanley - Christina Longden
and
Generation Share The change-makers building the Sharing Economy -
Benita Matofska and Sophie Sheinwald.

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September 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

September 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This September I continued with Plastic Free July. 

Participated in Zero Waste Week 2019 and Climate Action Day.

Received my certificate for the Future Learn MOOC, Fashion Revolution and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai, UAE - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed

Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai, UAE - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed

This is my humble effort to reduce my plastic consumption and waste for Zero Waste Week 2019, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

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August 2019 - Video Blog Newsletter Summary

August 2019 - Video Blog Newsletter Summary

This August I continued with Plastic Free July. 

Participated and attended a DIY beauty workshop. 

Wrote a food blog for Zero Waste Week 2019 -

How to make Masoor (red split lentils)and Moong (yellow lentils) ki Daal, this recipe was lovingly cooked by my late mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano.

 

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The Little Fair Trade Shop - Fairtrade and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Little Fair Trade Shop - Fairtrade and the Sustainable Development Goals

In this blog I explain how Fairtrade supports the Sustainable Development Goals and how I have attempted to implement them in my everyday work and life.

I have concentrated on the following SDG's, SDG1, SDG2, SDG5, SDG8, SDG10, SDG12, SDG13, SDG16 and SDG17.

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Fair Trade Ethical Living - How to make Masoor (Red Split Lentils) and Moong (Yellow Lentils) ki Daal, Recipe Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano

Fair Trade Ethical Living - How to make Masoor (Red Split Lentils) and Moong (Yellow Lentils) ki Daal, Recipe Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano

How to cook masoor (red split lentils) and moong daal (yellow lentil) as requested by my Creative Director Helen Barlow Scott.

This recipe was lovingly cooked by my late mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano.

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Fair Trade Ethical Living - Natural Beauty Workshop, August 2019, Dubai, UAE

Fair Trade Ethical Living - Natural Beauty Workshop, August 2019, Dubai, UAE

On a scorching hot and dusty afternoon, I headed to the Retold Boutique in Umm Suqueim for a a Natural Beauty Workshop with Amruta Kshemkalyani Co founder of Sustainability Tribe.

It was surprising to learn that my mothers (gram flour) besan and tumeric cleanser and (Fullers Earth) multani mitti face pack was part of the DIY beauty workshop.

To learn how to make the cleanser, face pack and scrub read my blog.

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July 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

July 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This July I edited my interview with Alex Schmidt and Marie Louise of Valy Export, Madagascar.

Participated in Plastic Free July 2019 and completed a MOOC with Future Learn titled Fashion's Future: Sustainable Development Goals Fashion Revolution 

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Plastic Free July 2019 - Fair Trade Ethical Living, Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

Plastic Free July 2019 - Fair Trade Ethical Living, Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

This year I am determined to reduce my plastic consumption and try to educate others in the process.

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June 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

June 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This June I fasted the final days of Ramadan and celebrated Eid ul Fitr.

Was very poorly and had to rest my shoulders and back.

Ordered the Traidcraft 40th anniversary 2019 resource pack

and bamboo cup.

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May 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This May I received my certificate for the Future Learn MOOC

' Make Change Happen' with Oxfam and the Open University.

I embraced Ramadan 2019 and

celebrated World Fair Trade Day 2019.

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Interview with Fairtrade Pioneer Moon Sharma of Tara Projects, Dehli, India - April 2019

Interview with Fairtrade Pioneer Moon Sharma of Tara Projects, Dehli, India - April 2019

It was an absolute pleasure and honour to meet with Moon Sharma of Tara Projects.

Apa (Big Sister) as she is lovingly known spent an evening talking about her travels around the world, Tara Projects, fairtrade and shared stories of Gateshead and Newcastle.

Apa! Thank you so much for your kindness, time and beautiful gifts.

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From Dubai to Dehli - Fair Trade Travels with Sabeena Ahmed

From Dubai to Dehli - Fair Trade Travels with Sabeena Ahmed

It was a dream come true to final land in the native country of my parents birth, India.

I arrived in Dehli and was greeted by a beautiful warm evening.

What followed was one of the most memorable weeks of my life.

I met distant family and visited two World Fair Trade Certified Organizations, M.E.S.H and Tara Projects.

Many thanks to Mathew K and Ms Moon Sharma for their time.

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April 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This April I was asked to judge five social enterprises at the Middlesex University Dubai.

 

I travelled to Dehli, India to visit family and meet fairtrade producers M.E.S.H and Tara Projects.

 

Despite struggling with my shoulders I completed my Six Items Challenge for the eighth consecutive year.

 

I interviewed Alex and Marie-Louise of Valy Export, Madagascar.

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Social Enterprise Showcase 2019 - Middlesex University Dubai

Social Enterprise Showcase 2019 - Middlesex University Dubai

This April I was invited once again to judge 5 social enterprise businesses at the Middlesex University Dubai. 

Many thanks to Shanthi Rajan, Sandra Stevenson, Suzannah Fernandes and Dr Michael Kloep and Dr Cody Paris for their hospitality.

It was a difficult decision as all the social enterprises were winners.

Congratulations to Pentagon and their initiative Mihriban for their concept and vision.

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March 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

March 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This March my play was performed by actors at at the Emirates Literature Foundation.

 

I was chosen as a finalist as Change maker of the Year for Be the Change Awards 2019  and Ethical Hour.

 

Despite struggling with my shoulders I participated in the Six Items Challenge for the eighth year.

I enrolled on the Be The Change Course with Oxfam and the Open University.

I welcomed environmental activist Isatou Ceesay and her son Madou to Dubai.

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Ethical Pioneer - Interview with Isatou Ceesay, co author of One Plastic Bag visits Dubai, UAE, March/April 2019

Ethical Pioneer - Interview with Isatou Ceesay, co author of One Plastic Bag visits Dubai, UAE, March/April 2019

Isatou Ceesay and son Madou stayed with me for 5 days during their 7 day visit

to Dubai.

Isatou Ceesay is an environmental activist and social entrepreneur from Njau, Gambia.

For over 16 years she has been reducing the use of single use plastic.

She has co-authored a book about her plastic journey titled One Plastic Journey with Miranda Paul who I interviewed last year.

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World Pulse Ambassador UAE - March 2019

World Pulse Ambassador UAE - March 2019

February 2019 I applied to become an ambassador with World Pulse.

My application was accepted.

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Six Items Challenge 2019 with Labour Behind The Label

Six Items Challenge 2019 with Labour Behind The Label

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

This year the challenge commences 6th March - 18th April March 2019.

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. :)

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Sabeena Ahmed submission for Be The Change Awards 2019 with Sian Conway and Ethical Hour

Sabeena Ahmed submission for Be The Change Awards 2019 with Sian Conway and Ethical Hour

I submitted my video for Be the Change Awards 2019.

Many thanks to Sian Conway and Jo Salter for their dedication and tireless work to make the Be The Change Awards successful.

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Sabeena Ahmed - Playwright Course and Recitals with Alex Broun at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2019

Sabeena Ahmed - Playwright Course and Recitals with Alex Broun at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2019

This year I decided to fulfill some long overdue ambitions and enrolled on a

play writing course with the Emirates Literature Foundation.

My play was a collection of seven scenes highlighting experiences of discrimination, acceptance and love.

Thank you Alex and best wishes to Brenda, Tvisha, Ashwarya, Padmini, Edwige, Deborah, Julia and Andrea for their love and support on this inspiring journey.

 

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