Together we can make 2021 a year of hope & change 

Blog by Raakhi Shah, CEO The Circle 

As 2021 heralds’ huge challenges for our global communities, it is with a spirit of passion, hope and optimism for change that we at The Circle start the year. In these times collective power is more important than ever, and this is what The Circle stands for. 

Whilst the start of the year brought unimaginable violence in the US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere, we have also been buoyed by the incredible work of election organisers such as Stacey Abrams, women’s movements in Poland and Argentina winning hard fought abortion rights, and the incredible campaign to abolish the tampon tax in the UK. It has also been a year since the trial of Harvey Weinstein which brings to the fore the incredible power of the #MeToo movement.   

However, the global pandemic continues to wreak havoc with increasing numbers of women and girls facing the nightmare of violence and poverty and many of the gains over the last years are at risk of being reversed 

We still have many bridges to build, human rights to fight for, and injustices to end. And we plan to do exactly this in 2021. 

Our commitments include: 

  • Growing our movement;  
  • Raising more funds to help women directly in crisis;  
  • Continue to campaign for a systemic change that ends poverty for garment workers and violence against women 
  • Bringing many more women and girls to join us in our mission to build a better future for all.  And we hope to have fun along the way!  

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be adding more events to our calendar, new projects partners to our portfolio, and new campaigns to build our advocacy work and tackle structural change. And we will have fun along the way! 

If our work inspires you, we would love you to become part of our movement and join us as global feminists. Simply sign up to become a member or join our newsletter for monthly inspiration. Or donate to our Women and Girls’ Solidarity Fund to help us support more women & girls across the world. 

 


GIVE YOURSELF A HEAD START THIS YEAR

Join our Intention setting workshop – 28 January 2021, 6-8pm, on Zoom 

Members in the Oxford Circle and the Media Circle have come together with an organisation called BOLD to create a workshop to inspire us onto great things this year. With so much uncertainty afoot, it can be challenging to consider setting goals but during times of uncertainty it’s important to create focus. We encourage you to treat yourself to this session and step into 2021 with intention. Together we will reflect on 2020 and learn new exercises to help gain clarity on the areas of life that are important and those we wish to focus on in 2021.

Tickets are £30 with £10 from every ticket donated to The Circle to raise money for our projects that protect the world’s most vulnerable women. Click here