Asian Circle, a new group of influential Asian women in the UK will be launched at an event in the Houses of Parliament on the 7th November 2013.
It is aimed at helping international charity Oxfam and women in South Asia.
More than 1 billion people in the world today, the great majority of whom are women, live in unacceptable conditions of poverty, mostly in the developing countries.
Oxfam is working with women in South Asia to help them with agriculture, education, cope with disasters and pull them out of poverty. Oxfam also works to reduce all forms of violence towards women, by helping to change attitudes.
The event “Promoting Violence Free Lives For Women” will be chaired by BBC reporter Ayshea Buksh and will feature Alok Sharma MP for Reading West and Inspiring Storyteller Seema Anand.
The Asian Circle is a new creative initiative with a high profile association of influential women working in partnership with Oxfam. Members will use their specialist skills, experience and resources to make a difference to the lives of women living in poverty in South Asia.
Santosh Bhanot, Founder and Chair of the Asian Circle said: “Members of the Asian Circle are a group of passionate and highly influential women from all walks of life. Keynote speakers include writer, journalist and activist Rahila Gupta and award winning author and columnist Lady Kishwar Desai.”
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.”