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#WomanOfFairTrade - International Women's Day 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed

#WomanOfFairTrade - International Women's Day 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed

 

 #WomanOfFairTrade - International Women's Day 2021 with Sabeena Ahmed

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum. peace and blessings everyone!

My name is Sabeena. 

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

Here is is my message for International Women's Day 2021!

I support fairtrade because I believe in the the 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

The Ten Principles of Fair Trade

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the fairtrade women powerhouses of the world who have supported my work over the past 12 years.

Thank you for supporting me in 2008 when I first wrote to you about starting a Fair Trade movement in the UAE. #MonaElSayed @fairtradeegypt

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 The Fair Trade Egypt Brand Logo

 

Thank you Roopa Mehta (Apa) @sasha_fairtrade and President of the World Fair Trade Organization for visiting me in Dxb and telling me to keep my head down and work hard!

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 Roopa Mehta President of the World Fair Trade Organization

 

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Thank you Gulshan Bibi, social entrepreneur, activist and women's empowerment advocate at Sabah Pakistan for your strength and determination. #SabahPakistan #Sungi

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

Me with Gulshan Bibi (Brown Scarf) and family

 

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

Sabah Pakistan Wall Hanging

 

Thank you to the Founder of Selyn Fairtrade, Sri Lanka Mrs Sandra Wanduragala @selynfairtrade for your passion for organic cotton and education.

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 Mrs Sandra Wanduragala Founder of Selyn Sri Lanka

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

Thank you Wafa and the ladies from  the #NajmaAlSubah Cooperative @FairTradeLeb for your warmth and hospitality during my visit to Lebanon 2016.

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 Wafa of the Najma Al Subah Cooperative

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 Fair Trade Lebanon Brand Logo

 

Love and respect for the one and only CEO and Founder of Tara Projects Dehli, India. 

Ms Moon Sharma (Apa) for your time and kindness. Hope to see you again very soon insha'Allah! My visit to Dehli is like a dream come true!

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

Apa - Moon Sharma and Me

 

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

No International Women's Day would be complete without a mention for my late mother and grandmother. My Paradise!

No words to express the endless love and prayers for my beloved mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and late grandmother Shamsun Nisa

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOfFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 Me with my beloved grandmother Shamsun Nisa (late)

 

International Women's Day 21 - #WomenOFFairTrade #ChooseToChallenge with Sabeena Ahmed

 My Paradise my mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano (late)

Miss you both so much!

Love, peace and blessings to all fairtrade producers and artisans on International Women's Day 21!

Together We Are Stronger!!!

#AllForFairTrade #WomenOfFairTrade

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

#WomensDay2021 #InternationalWomensDay2021

 

Further Reading and Links

The World Fair Trade Organization





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