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#THECIRCLE: Influential personalities in new initiative to empower South Asian women

Some of the most recognizable (female) personalities of the British Asian community in the UK have come together to collaborate with international charity Oxfam to create a new campaigning organization that aims to help women in South Asia.

The Asian Circle, which boasts a membership that includes journalist Rahila Gupta and author Kishwar Desai, will use the specific skills and resources of its members to support the myriad Oxfam initiatives aimed at empowering women throughout the subcontinent.

The grouping is inspired by The Circle, a similar initiative set up by British singer-songwriter Annie Lennox and Oxfam in 2008.

Among guests at The Asian Circle’s launch at the Houses of Parliament on 7 November was storyteller Seema Anand and BBC reporter Ayshea Buksh.

The Asian Circle is the brainchild of scientist and campaigner Dr Santosh Bhanot.

"We were delighted with the launch of the Asian Circle and it is really important for us to be able to play a vital role in helping to eradicate poverty and reduce all forms of violence towards women in South Asia”, Dr Bhanot said.

“Seeing such a great number of people coming together to help bring change was so inspirational.

Our focus now is to work towards that change with the skills and talents of such amazing women who are part of the Asian Circle."


Mark Goldring, Oxfam’s Chief Executive said: “It is very inspiring to see these individuals coming together to use their knowledge and wealth of experience to help people living in poverty in South Asia. Having such a talented and influential group of women helping Oxfam’s work is very exciting and will pave a new ground in the fight against poverty.”

For more information, visit www.oxfam.org.uk

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