The Asian Circle And BritBangla – Raising Awareness Against Violence Against Women.

Asian Mums Network  attended  “The Asian Circle in Association with BritBangla Hosts Summer Party Fundraiser”  

The Asian Circle in association with BritBangla hosted its first successful Summer Networking Party on 22 July 2016 at the Bangalore Express in the City of London.  The event was an opportunity to bring Asian Circle supporters to enjoy the evening and fundraise for a good cause. The event was a wonderful evening with networking over canapes, henna artists, live DJ music, guest speakers and raffle prizes.  All profits from the evening will go towards supporting The Asian Circle’s programme on ‘Ending Violence against women’ and building a ‘Women’s Support Centre in Chhattisgarh, with Oxfam India.

The aim of The Asian Circle, part of The Circle founded by Annie Lennox, is to end violence against women and bring awareness of the gender inequalities that impact on women’s lives.  They are working in the tribal Adivasi communities in North East India to challenge the social acceptance of sexual and domestic violence against women by setting up Support Centres in police stations and provide counselling, legal advice and support.   Plans which Asian Circle have supported included are a 16-day statewide campaign to raise awareness and change attitudes towards violence against women.

The charity event was well attended with members and guests that included Judge Sujata Sharma, recently awarded as ‘The Outstanding Women Lawyer in Construction, Europe’ (WICE 2016) and ’Society of Asian Lawyers Best Civil Lawyer’ (2015), also a firm supporter of women’s right, Executive Board members Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry, Director/Founder of London Asian Film Festival, Taryn Khanam BEM, founder of BritBangla, Sayeeda Ashraf, founder of SHEWISE and many more high profile professionals.

BritBangla members to name a few included Sabera Ahsan, Chair of Asian Mum’s Network, Tia Khanam, Team Executive of BritBangla, Milton Hossain, Strategy Consultant, Dr Momotaj Islam Clinical Psychologist, Rini Laskar, project consultant and Barrister Zachiaras Miah.

Guest speakers included a talk on women and gender equality by Oxfam’s Sarah Ireland.   Henna Rai, a social activist, inspired everyone with her words and said “As I passionately campaign on women’s issues, I’m extremely pleased to be supporting The Asian Circle. Gender inequality is close to my heart; by sharing my experiences I strive to attain greater empowerment for women.”

Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have patriarchal customs this means that many women face threats of violence.  Main acts of violence committed against women include dowry killings, rape, sexual harassment and stalking, acid attacks, physical and mental abuse and sex trafficking. Gender discrimination leads to women having fewer opportunities.

Dr Santosh Bhanot, founder and chair of The Asian Circle, was shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement awards said “Since its launch, The Asian Circle has strived to support ground-breaking work with Oxfam to transform the lives of women and communities in South Asia.  We are delighted to see the positive impact the programme is making with the Adivasi women in India and hope to replicate this project to the other South Asian countries.  It is vital that we tackle violence against women and girls by engaging support with the communities, police and judiciary who in this instance are all playing an active role. It is with huge recognition that the ‘Violence against Women’ Program in Chhattisgarh has received a State Level honour ‘Nari Shakti Samman’ for the initiative” confirming the importance and recognition of such programmes.’

The Asian Circle will be the official charity partner at the Asian Media Awards which is being held on 27 October.TC_Logo_Asian_Fuscia_RGB-847x1024

To find out more about The Asian Circle see: http:/www.thecircle.ngo/circle/theasiancircle/

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