This January I met with the editor of the UAE's first online ethical website Ethical Desk.
Had dinner with the UAE's first female weightlifter.
Was chosen as a World Pulse Vision Mentor.
Found a lump in my left breast, had it removed and went for genetic testing.
Connected with Patty McNally World Pulse Mentor Coordinator Portland, Oregon and organised a Skype chat with my World Pulse Change Maker Joanna Smieja, Warsaw, Poland.
This December I received an email from Dr Sara Calvo, Professor at the Middlesex University London Business School to say I had won 3rd place in the International Social Innovation Challenge 2016 organised by the Middlesex University Business School. Many congratulations and best wishes to the other winners Ms Palma Milicevic and Ms Emma Butler for their social enterprise ideas.
Could I also praise everyone who entered the challenge, your ideas were inspirational and I am grateful to everyone for their support.
From the 7-10 December I participated at the Swiss Business Council Christmas Market, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
I also created my World Pulse profile to raise awareness for fairtrade and ethical producers and ethical consumerism in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
This November I finally managed to meet with Heather Masoud and the team at Zaytoun.
I had an instrumental and life changing meeting to discuss fairtrade with the Muslim Council of Britain, attended a debate organised by the Brent Fairtrade Network about the future of fairtrade.
Produced bean to bar chocolate with Bruce Crowther MBE in Garstang and enjoyed a beautiful Emirati lunch with Mr Andy Biggs Chief Operating Officer at Traidcraft and his wife at the wonderful Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
This October I was delighted to be interviewed for Anti-Poverty Week by marketing strategist and humanitarian Anna Sadeghpour for her blog Anahata Dubai's Community Service Blog.
Volunteered with the Pink Caravan UAE team for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Visited Ms Le Thant Thuy and Dr Mike Thair of Indochine Natural and met artists at the Stepping Stone Centre, Penang, Malaysia
Was nominated for an Environmental Award by the Super Sisters of Dubai.
This October we are honoured to have been featured in an interview by Dubai writer and digital marketing strategist Anna Sadeghpour. Read our interview below:
October 16 marks the first day of Anti-Poverty Week, a week dedicated to strengthening public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world. I met with the spirited Sabeena Ahmed, creator and owner of online store The Little Fair Trade Shop. To say the least, Sabeena is a beautiful lady on a big mission! At the forefront of the fairtrade movement in the UAE, she’s all about promoting the principles of fairtrade as a means to fight poverty.
October will always be a special month for me. Its a bitter sweet feeling one of immense, love, pain and optimism.
This year I supported the Pink Caravan UAE team by volunteering at their breast screening tent during their first Pink Ladies Games.
I hope to ease the pain of losing Mum by working to prevent the disease through early detection.
I also decided to enrol on the Future Learn course ''Talk About Cancer.''
This August I fulfilled an ambition of a lifetime by visiting Islamic Spain.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the International Business Standards Organization for making me a chartered signatory.
Many thanks to the charming and patient Anna Sadeghpour for featuring The Little Fair Trade Shop in her Blog ''10 Easy Ways To Make a Difference in Dubai.'' It was lovely to meet her for tea.
While visiting friends and family in the United Kingdom I boarded a train to historical York and met with Jeremy Piercy author and MD of Shared Earth at his flagship store, York, the United Kingdom.
On my final day in London I managed to visit my local fairtrade store Fair Deal Organic and Fair Trade located in North London.
July 2017 Video Blog Newsletter Summary
FROM DUBAI TO BASKINTA
At the beginning of July and during the final days of Ramadan I boarded a flight to Beirut to attend my first ever fair trade towns conference in Baskinta, Lebanon.
Bruce Crowther MBE and the Fair Trade Lebanon team had asked me to present a fairtrade puppet show featuring Fairis the Frog, Chalaak the Monkey, Chu Maya and Ram Kali.
I also co presented a workshop with Movement Sociale titled ''Building Bridges with the Youth in Dubai the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.''
Fair Trade Lebanon
In this month recap I've talked about my Ramadan reflections and participating in my first ever International Fair Trade Towns Conference 2016, Baskinta, Lebanon.
My recap of this months events and fair trade campaigns in the United Arab Emirates.
After a brave four year struggle with metastatic breast cancer my beloved mother Meshar Mumtaz Bano passed away this month.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and I was blessed to be with her during her final hours.
I have been campaigning for fairtrade and ethical producers and ethical consumerism in my beloved home city of Manchester, London, Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the past eight years.
One of greatest accomplishments is converting my mother to fairtrade products.
It was a wonderful experience to meet Professor Mohammad Yunus at Salford University.
A privilege to discuss fair trade with Dr Jamil Sherif and Mrs Naseema Begum at the Muslim Council of Britain November 2016.
As the only fair trade campaigner, educator and modest retailer in the United Arab Emirates I have struggled to create a niche market for fair trade products.
Nevertheless, I have never lost heart and am more determined than ever to dispel the myth about fair trade being ''charity.''
I continue to educate people about fair trade artisans and groups by promoting the principles of a living wage, self-reliance, empowerment, transparency, environmental sustainability and dignity and self respect for all.
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