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World Fair Trade Day 2019 - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

World Fair Trade Day 2019 - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

 

WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY 2019

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Fairtrade Innovates - Facebook Banner World Fair Trade Day 2019
Fairtrade Innovates - Facebook Banner World Fair Trade Day 2019

 

This years World Fair Trade Organization campaign was 'Fairtrade Innovates.'

It was a dream come true to finally travel to the 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.

Despite recovering from two shoulder surgeries and enduring a terrible bout of Dehli belly I proceeded with my magical tour.

I was humbled and privileged to visit 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, care and hospitality.

Sadly, I was unable to interview Mathew, Ms Jacky Bonnie or the producer groups on this occasion and hope to interview them the next time I visit.

I have attached videos and photographs of my visit below.

 

Interview with Moon Sharma - Introduction

 

World Fair Trade Day 2019 Message - Moon Sharma, Tara Projects

 

What does fairtrade mean to you?

 

Fairtrade Kya Hai? What is Fairtrade? - Hindi/Urdu

 To read my blog about Ms Moon Sharma please click on the link here.

 

Visit to M.E.S.H 

Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped, Dehli - April 2019

Videos and Photo Gallery

 

 

M.E.S.H Gallery

Fairtrade Travels visit to M.E.S.H Dehli India, the lovely Tina modelling handwoven scarves April 2019

M.E.S.H, Dehli India,

the lovely Tina modelling handwoven scarves 

 

Fairtrade Travels visit to M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered Kashmiri bags April 2019

M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered Kashmiri bags 

 

Fairtrade Travels visit to M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered towels napkins aprons April 2019

M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered towels napkins aprons

To read more about my visit to M.E.S.H please click here

 

 

WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY 2019

FAIRTRADE INNOVATES

The World Fair Trade Organization had asked fairtrade producers and organisations to send videos of the campaign Fairtrade Innovates.

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

 

World Fair Trade Organization Trailer - Fairtrade Innovates

 

World Fair Trade Day 2019 

 

World Fair Trade Day - Up-cycling

 

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

World Fair Trade Organizations 10 Principles of Fairtrade, English

 

World Fair Trade Organizations 10 Principles of Fairtrade, Arabic

World Fair Trade Organizations 10 Principles of Fairtrade, Arabic 

 

WFTO AND THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF FAIR TRADE

 

FAIR TRADE IN DUBAI, ABU DHABI, AND

THE 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, 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 Ms Moon Sharma, Mathew KK and the M.E.S.H team for the hospitality, love and kindness.

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 :)

 

Visit to fairtrade producers M.E.S.H Dehli, India, by Sabeena Ahmed

Thank you to the wonderful M.E.S.H team

#FaitrtradeInnovates

#WorldFairTradeDay2019

 

 




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