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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 Pulse Community Mentor Programme 2021 - My Friend Minakshi - (World Pulse Digital Change Maker)

World Pulse Community Mentor Programme 2021 - My Friend Minakshi - (World Pulse Digital Change Maker)

This year I applied to World Pulse as a Community Mentor.

My application was successful and I was paired with Minakshi Birajdar from Aurangabad, India.

Minakshi is a social activist empowering women in her city of Aurangabad and its surrounding villages.

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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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Odylique 3 in 1 Maca Mask and Balancing Citrus Super Tonic review with Sabeena Ahmed

Odylique 3 in 1 Maca Mask and Balancing Citrus Super Tonic review with Sabeena Ahmed

As a fairtrade campaigner I believe it is my duty to support fairtrade organisations using fairtrade ingredients in their products and for this reason I have searched long and hard for products that suit my acne reactive skin.

I am relieved to have found a mask that works for my skin.

I apply the Odylique 3 in 1 Maca Mask to my skin every 4-5 days which is particularly helpful before you feel a cystic bump appear before your menstrual cycle.

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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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World Day Against Child Labour and International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour 2021 - Sabeena Z Ahmed

World Day Against Child Labour and International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour 2021 - Sabeena Z Ahmed

To support the call to eliminate child labour, I attended a webinar, 'Stacey Fru dialogue on Child Labour in Africa,' On World Day Against Child Labour.

I also shared a childhood photo with the caption,

“As a kid, I wanted to become __. I’m sharing this photo to support the United Nations Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, because I believe kids should dream now and work later. I challenge @(tag Name 1), @(Name 2), @(Name 3) to do the same. #EndChildLabour2021″

 

 

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May 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries, raised awareness for Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 and 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.'

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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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World Fair Trade Day 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

World Fair Trade Day 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

This year The World Fair Trade Organization's campaign was called, 'BUILD BACK FAIRER.'

World Fair Trade Day 2021 was an opportunity to give visibility to the Build Back Fairer statement which has been endorsed by various international civil society networks.

This was a chance for WFTO members to get recognised and join international forces to #BuildBackFairer.

I recorded two videos, one in English and one in Urdu. 

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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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March 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

March 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries, celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 21 completed my 9th Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind the Label, and 

participated in International Women's Day 2021 with The World Fair Trade Organization. 

#AllForFairTrade #WomenOfFairTrade

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

#WomensDay2021 #InternationalWomensDay2021 

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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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February 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

February 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery, participated in my 9th Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind the Label,

celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 21, had my Covid 19 vaccination and attended the Spirit Awards with World Pulse.

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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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November 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

November 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 Face Theory based in Sheffield UK.

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My Acne Journey 1990-2021 - A personal insight into cystic, hormonal acne and reactive and sensitive skin

My Acne Journey 1990-2021 - A personal insight into cystic, hormonal acne and reactive and sensitive skin

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

I've also had cystic and hormonal acne, reactive and sensitive for over 30 years.

For all those who suffer with or have cystic and hormonal acne, I empathise and understand the physical, mental and emotional stress and pain you experience on a daily basis.

Its affected my confidence and how I felt for most of my life.

In this blog I write about my acne journey and hope it will help those struggling with cystic and hormonal acne.

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World Literacy Foundation Ambassador Program 2020 - Sabeena Z Ahmed, UAE

World Literacy Foundation Ambassador Program 2020 - Sabeena Z Ahmed, UAE

This June during the Covid 19 pandemic I applied to participate as a World Literacy Foundation Ambassador with the World Literacy Foundation.

My application was successful. 

Congratulations to all #WLFAmbassadors2020.

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Zero Waste Week 2020 - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed

Zero Waste Week 2020 - Fair Trade Ethical Living with Sabeena Ahmed

This is my humble effort to reduce my plastic consumption and waste for Zero Waste Week 2020. 

I've been very poorly this year and hope to support the Zero Waste movement with zest and vigour next year.

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August 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

August 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Continued learning about literacy on the prestigious World Literacy Foundation Ambassador 2020 Program and

flew to London to attend my father in law's funeral.

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July 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

July 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Participated in my second Plastic Free July 2020.

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

completed my Future Learn MOOC - The Power of Podcasting For Storytelling.

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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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