New women's group aims to help Oxfam
By Fusion Lifestyle Reporter
November 15, 2013, 3:30 pm
New women's group aims to help Oxfam

A new group named  the Asian Circle was launched at the Houses of Parliament. 

It's aim is to create more awareness of the work of Oxfam.

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’ was chaired by BBC reporterAyshea Buksh and featured 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.

The aim is for the members to use their specialist skills, experience and resources to make a difference to the lives of women living in poverty.

Santosh Bhanot (Founder and Chair of the Asian Circle) said: "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. 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."

Members of the Asian Circle are a group of passionate and highly influential women from all walks of life which 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.”