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Plastic Free July 2020, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed

Plastic Free July 2020, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed

This is my second year participating in Plastic Free July and due to my three surgeries and Covid-19 I have found the challenge difficult.

The UAE ethical movement is still in its infancy and substitutes for products like reusable/circular feminine hygiene and natural beauty products for acne/sensitive skin are limited.

I hope to continue my plastic/zero waste journey and hope to gradually reduce my consumption of menstrual hygiene and cleaning products and learn how to make my own soap, body wash, bread, conditioner and compost my waste..

It will be a long work in progress, but I'm optimistic.

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Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed

Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed

This is my summary about how I am consciously trying to live a fair trade ethical life.

This blog illustrates the small steps I have taken to live a life free of clutter, materialism and throw away society.

It has been a natural progression from fair trade campaigner, educator and social entrepreneur to ethical consumer.

 

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June 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

June 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Supported the Black Lives Matter Movement by forwarding links about organisations, activists and consultants promoting equality and diversity in the workplace to Sian Conway of Ethical Hour.

Was accepted on the prestigious World Literacy Foundation Ambassador 2020 Program.

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Fair Trade Travels with Sabeena Ahmed - International Fair Trade Towns Conference, Lebanon - June/July 2016

Fair Trade Travels with Sabeena Ahmed - International Fair Trade Towns Conference, Lebanon - June/July 2016

During the last week of Ramadan, June/July 2016 on a hot bright sunny morning I took a flight to Beirut, Lebanon.

I'd never been to an International Fair Trade Towns Conference but was excited to know that I would be representing the United Arab Emirates.

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May 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Embraced Ramadan 2020 under Covid-19 conditions by participating in Observing Ramadan in Britain/Overseas Research project.

Supported World Fair Trade Day 2020, Dubai, UAE by recording a video and promoted fair trade artisans.

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My first World Fair Trade Day, May 2009, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed

My first World Fair Trade Day, May 2009, Dubai, UAE with Sabeena Ahmed

I was so excited and anxious to display all the beautiful WFTO certified products at Safa Park Dubai.

The World Fair Trade Organization's Campaign for World Fair Trade Day May 2009 was: 

BEAT POVERY

BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE

BEAT FINANCIAL CRISIS

BEAT A DRUM

09 MAY 09

A BIG DAY FOR THE PLANET

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Observing Covid-19 Ramadan in Britain and Overseas 2020 Photo Diary with Sabeena Ahmed

Observing Covid-19 Ramadan in Britain and Overseas 2020 Photo Diary with Sabeena Ahmed

I expressed an interest to participate in the Observing Ramadan in Britain and Overseas Photo Research Project.

This project was conceived by Phd researcher Laura Jones - Cardiff University.
I've been asked to take at least one photograph for every day of Ramadan and provide a short explanation.

Ramadan Mubarak/Kareem to all my friends and family around the world.

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Six Items Challenge 2020 - Labour Behind The Label with Sabeena Ahmed

Six Items Challenge 2020 - Labour Behind The Label with Sabeena Ahmed

So here I am for the eighth consecutive year participating in the Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label.

This year the challenge commenced 26th February - 9th April 2020. 

During the fashion fast my beloved grandmother returned to her maker, the world faced Covid 19, I had surgery for a ruptured cyst and observed Lockdown to protect key workers. 

Congratulations to all the Sixers and everyone who supported garment workers at this critical time.

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April 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery for a ruptured cyst,

completed my eighth Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label and

embraced Ramadan 2020 under Covid-19 conditions by participating in Observing Ramadan in Britain/Overseas Research project.

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Living with PCOS and Endometriosis - A personal insight by Sabeena Ahmed, Fairtrade Campaigner, Educator and Social Entrepreneur

Living with PCOS and Endometriosis - A personal insight by Sabeena Ahmed, Fairtrade Campaigner, Educator and Social Entrepreneur

For the past 30 years I have lived with Endometriosis and PCOS.

This is my personal insight of living with Endometriosis and PCOS.

Most female social entrepreneurs I know are multi talented, ambitious and innovative. 

I feel blessed to be a member of an exclusive club of makers and doers. All action, brain storming, endless ethical learning, strategy and conversations.

I love that part of my life!

However, there is a part of my life that most people don't know about.

The days where I can't get out of bed, struggle to get household chores done and don't have the energy to answer emails, WhatsApp messages or call family.

This is my reality most days of the week but you would never know looking at me.

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March 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

March 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I had emergency surgery for a ruptured cyst,

was featured by Pioneers Post, participated in my eighth Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label and

celebrated Earth Hour Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop in The United Arab Emirates

Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop in The United Arab Emirates

Hello! My name is Sabeena Ahmed.

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

I was born and educated in Manchester, UK.

I'm a qualified PGCE ESOL Practitioner, adore fairtrade chocolate and support breast cancer research.

I promote the sustainable development goals, fair trade ethical living and the circular economy.

This is a brief summary of my fairtrade activities and campaigns in the United Arab Emirates spanning 2009 to 2020.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

I celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight and International Women's Day 2020 Dubai, UAE with my sister Irem.

This year the Fairtrade Foundation UK's campaign is all about the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate. The hashtag is #SHEDESERVES.

I was so pleased to learn about the House of Commons UK also supports Fairtrade Fortnight 2020.

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WFTO - International Women's Day 2020 Video Chain Challenge with Sabeena Ahmed

WFTO - International Women's Day 2020 Video Chain Challenge with Sabeena Ahmed

The World Fair Trade Organization's Communications team asked me to share the names of inspirational women in my life for International Women's Day 2020.

This years campaign hashtag is #SheEmpowersMe

I chose to mention 4 ladies and invited them to continue the video challenge.

Ms Christina Longden - The Lorna Young Foundation
Ms Samini Bibi - Sabah Pakistan
Ms Roopa Mehta (Apa) - WFTO President 
Ms Moon Sharma (Apa) - Tara Projects, India

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January 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

January 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

Happy New Year!

This month despite being very poorly and being hospitalised most of the month with high blood pressure, I continued with Plastic Free July and purchased a bamboo toothbrush.

Started an Up-cycling From Green Ideas to Starting a Business - Living in Minca and supported Gombook's Give A Ghaf Planting Tree Program at Sustainable City, Dubai.

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Fair Trade Ethical Living - Plant a Ghaf Tree Initiative with Goumbook at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE

Fair Trade Ethical Living - Plant a Ghaf Tree Initiative with Goumbook at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE

This January I decided to start my year of self-care, healing and fulfilling ambitions by supporting a fantastic social enterprise Goumbook.

It also reminded me of my mothers love for nature and gardening.

On a beautiful Saturday morning I headed over to the Sustainable City, Dubai to participate in the Give A Ghaf Tree Initiative.

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November & December 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summaries

November & December 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summaries

This November I was very poorly and had to rest my left shoulder.

This December I attended an evening with the Creative team at Heart & Parcel Manchester, UK and 

Received my WHO'S SHE - a guessing game about extraordinary women and read my September/October and November/December editions of Ethical Magazine, UK.

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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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My Fairphone2,  17,418 - Review and Vlogs by Sabeena Ahmed

My Fairphone2, 17,418 - Review and Vlogs by Sabeena Ahmed

I thought I would share a few of my vlogs and photographs I've uploaded with my Fairphone2 since I received it February 2016.

 

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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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