Oxfam, The Asian Circle and a host of stars stand up for Women in South Asia at the London Mela

Posted by Jonaid Jilani Press Officer

1st Sep 2014

Oxfam and a host of stars including Muzz Khan, Khiyo, Nadia Manzoor, Neelofer Mir, Sheema Mukherjee, Eternal Taal and Bollywood dancers stood up for Women in South Asia and supported the London Mela this year on Sunday 31st August.

This was the third year that Oxfam was the official charity sponsor for the event which celebrates the culture and creativity of South Asia and last year attracted around 80,000 people.


Oxfam appealed for help for its work with women in South Asia and launched a text to donate campaign called "Women Unlimited". This asked Mela visitors to text "WOMEN" and donate £2 in support of Oxfam's work. 


To help women in South Asia and donate £2 Text WOMEN to 70066
Texts cost £2 plus standard network rate. By texting you consent to future telephone contact from Oxfam. Text NOINFO to 70066 to stop future SMS


Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring said. "We have been delighted to have taken part in the London Mela and this year we focused on the plight of women in South Asia who have faced violence, inequality and a lack of education opportunities. Oxfam has been working in South Asia for more than 60 years and will continue its work to help alleviate poverty."


The charity is helping women gain power over their lives and live free from violence by helping to change attitudes and ideas. It also encourages women's active engagement and critical leadership in institutions and decision-making.  


The Asian Circle, a network of UK based Asian leading business women, lawyers, financiers, academics and entrepreneurs also supported the event. In collaboration with Oxfam India, they are currently supporting building centres in Chhattisgarh and Odisha, East India, which will provide counselling, legal support and peer to peer mentoring for tribal women affected by violence, alongside educating other community members about the treatment of women.


Santosh Bhanot, Chair Asian Circle said " Violence against women is unacceptable. Asian Circle women want to use their specialist skills, experience and resource to make a difference by building awareness and raising funds for women subjected to violence in South Asia."


In South Asia Oxfam has helped millions of people to make a living, raised awareness of issues such as education, and helped people campaign for their rights.


Oxfam have been working in South Asia for more than 60 years. Last year marked 40 years of Oxfam working in Pakistan, where Oxfam has - for example - provided aid to about a million people after the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake and about 2.5 million after the 2010 floods. 


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Photographs from the London Mela can be found here:-


http://wordsandpictures.oxfam.org.uk/?c=16748&k=cd4763d71d


To help women in South Asia and donate £2 Text WOMEN to 70066
Texts cost £2 plus standard network rate. By texting you consent to future telephone contact from Oxfam. Text NOINFO to 70066 to stop future SMS


For more information please contact Jonaid Jilani on 01865 472 193 or 07810 181 514 or jjilani@oxfam.org.uk

Blog post written by Jonaid Jilani

Press Officer

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