“We love to listen to our customers and for this reason we would be delighted to hear from you if you would like a bespoke fair trade product made especially for you.”

World Fair Trade Day 2017 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

World Fair Trade Day 2017 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY 2017
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
World Fair Trade Organization World Fair Trade Day 2017 banner

 

WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY - DUBAI, UAE

This years World Fair Trade Organization campaign was 'Agent For Change', Human Chains for Fair Trade and the Planet.

I am very grateful to the beautiful ladies at the Dubai Business Women Council who very kindly modelled the Agent for Change posters for me.

Agent For Change badges - World Fair Trade Day with The Little Fair Trade Shop May 2017

 Agent for Change badges designed by Mrs Helen Barlow Scott at the One Line Design Studio

 

Beautiful Agents for Change supporting World Fair Trade Day Dubai, UAE - May 2017 by The Little Fair Trade Shop

Beautiful Agents For Change supporting World Fair Trade Day, Dubai, UAE

 

Beautiful Agents For Change celebrating World Fair Trade Day, Dubai, UAE with The Little Fair Trade Shop May 2017

Wonderful fairtrade supporters in Dubai celebrating World Fair Trade Day, UAE

 

Beautiful Agents For Change celebrating World Fair Trade Day, Dubai, UAE with The Little Fair Trade Shop May 2017

Amazing Agents for Change celebrating World Fair Trade Day,

Dubai, UAE

 

Dr Sara Parker - Agent for Change celebrating World Fair Trade Day - Manchester April 2017

Dr Sara Parker, John Moores University Liverpool -

Agent for Change in Liverpool and Manchester, United Kingdom

 

WFTO'S INVITATION TO SEND PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS 

The World Fair Trade Organization had asked fairtrade producers and organisations to send their photographs and videos of their human chains.

I've attached a few videos below for you to watch at your leisure.

World Fair Trade Organization Trailer - Human Chain Invitation

 

World Fair Trade Day - Phnom Penh, Street 240

World Fair Trade Day with Divine Chocolate

 

World Fair Trade Day 2017

 

WHAT DOES FAIR TRADE MEAN?

Fairtrade very simply means social and trade justice for all!

Fairtrade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices.

It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

On top of the agreed Fairtrade minimum price producers also receive the Fairtrade premium.

How it’s spent is voted on democratically by farmers and workers.

This is development as decided by the people who will benefit from it.

After all, they’re the ones best placed to make it work the hardest. Roads have been laid, nurseries equipped and helpful new tools have been put to work all thanks to the Fairtrade premium.

For those who would like to learn more I recorded a video about fairtrade and have attached the video below

 

WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?

 

 

THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF FAIR TRADE

WFTO's 10 principles of FAIR TRADE

 

WFTO AND THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF FAIR TRADE

 

FAIR TRADE IN DUBAI & ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 

Mums Do Fairtrade at the Home Grown Childens Eco Nursery Dubai, UAE with The Little Fair Trade Shopip

Fairtrade Mums at the Home Grown Children's Eco Nursery,

Dubai, UAE

If you are a teacher, educator, parent or part of an interfaith group I would love to hear from you. 

Please contact me by leaving a message and commenting below and writing to your fair trade towns coordinator to learn more about how you can get involved with fair trade.

At present I'm trying to establish a fairtrade educational and interfaith network in Dubai.

Sabeena Ahmed teaching about fair trade bananas at the Star International School, Mirdif DubaiUAEDub

Children at the Star International School, Mirdif, Dubai

with Sabeena Ahmed learning about fairtrade bananas

 

WHEN YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT BEING ETHICAL IS SO EASY

With the help of my creative director Helen we've created a little reminder of how easy it is to support fairtrade producers and be ethical at the same time.

We hope you will find it useful.

 

Agents for Change Helen Barlow Scott and Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE - February 2017

Helen Barlow Scott and Sabeena Ahmed, Agents for Change in Dubai, UAE

When you're out and about being ethical is this easy poster - Sabeena Ahmed, Helen Barlow Scott and Lily and Raven

Apologies for the small font I will ask Helen for HD version soon.

 

TOP 10 TIPS TO FAIR TRADE AND ETHICAL SHOPPING

1. Seek Fairtrade, organic, slave free and eco friendly labels.

 2. Support socially conscious brands.

3. Buy only what you love and be selective

and ask 'Who made my clothes?'

'Do I really need to buy it?'

4. Do your research if you can't see where the product is made the company does not want to know.

5. Think beyond the end result where did the sourcing happen and what is product made of?

6. Reduce waste by avoiding disposable products.

7. Shop locally and support independent designers and boutiques.

8. Shop vintage and upcycled for truly unique products.

9. Speak up - ask designers and shops where their products are made.

10. Make it yourself and impress your friends with your new found skills.

HAPPY SHOPPING, SEWING AND CRAFTING! :)

 

Thank you once again to all the ladies at the Dubai Business Women Council for celebrating World Fair Trade Day with me.

Best wishes to all fairtrade producers, artists, supporters, volunteers and friends around the world for being the voice and change for social, environmental and trade justice.

RESPECT, STAY STRONG, PEACE AND BLESSINGS!

Sabeena :)

 

Agent For Change Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop celebrating World Fair Trade Day 2017, Dubai, UAE

Sabeena Ahmed, Agent For Change celebrating

World Fair Trade Day 2017

 

Further Reading and Links

World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)

World Fair Trade Day 2017

Fairtrade Foundation London

Dubai Business Women Council

One Line Studio

Future Learn - Social Enterprise Turning Ideas into Action with The Middlesex University Business School, London, UK

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