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Asian Circle Partners with Tongues On Fire to Celebrate International Women’s Day at SOAS

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Title: 'Promoting Violence Free Lives for Women'
Presented by Santosh Bhanot, Chair Asian Circle

This year's International Women's Day theme is 'Inspiring Change' and it was for Inspiring change for women that last November Asian Circle was borne – launching at the Houses of Parliament amongst huge buzz and interest. We took inspiration from Annie Lennox's 'Circle' which in partnership with Oxfam is helping to make huge positive changes for women in Africa and other countries – improving poverty, maternal health, essential services and women's rights.

"Every woman has basic human rights" The Circles empowering women for health, development, education and freedom from violence

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[Courtesy: Bidisha-online.blogspot.co.uk]"Every woman has basic human rights" The Circles empowering women for health, development, education and freedom from violence

Earlier this year I chaired a panel with Joan Smith, Baroness Helena Kennedy and the novelist Kishwar Desai. We were discussing male sexual violence in India, following the worldwide protests about the rape, torture and murder of a young woman in Delhi. The event, at The Nehru Centre in London, was held to launch Desai's latest novel Sea of Innocence, which tackles the same issue and also provides shocking details of the Delhi case which hadn't previously been revealed in the media. In its ability to combine a strong heroine with a thrilling plot and urgent contemporary issues, Sea of Innocence follows on from Desai's previous novel The Origins of Love, which looked at the Indian international surrogacy trade.

Asian Women's Circle in partnership with Oxfam

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Asian Women's Circle in partnership with OxfamConference: The Future of India: through the eyes of an NRI
Session: Women Empowerment
Lampton Park Conference Centre, Hounslow, Middlesex, London
22nd September 2013

Asian Circle: Promoting Violence Free Lives for Women in India
Presented by Santosh Bhanot, Chair, Asian Circle.

I was asked to talk on The Asian Circle – a fledgling network, to be launched shortly, formed by British Professional Asian Women who have voluntarily come together to help support vulnerable women in India and South Asia, working in partnership with the charity, Oxfam.