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 electionorganisers 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.
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
The pandemic has forced thousands more women into dangerous circumstances. Many are locked in with an abusive partner, others are at risk of violence as they lose their jobs overnight, and young girls are at increasing risk of child marriage.
During the many years I’ve worked in this sector I have had the privilege of spending time with women and girls across the world. From Bangladesh to the Democratic Republic of Congo to Guatemala, I have heard first-hand accounts of violence and exploitation. Knowing that the pandemic is accelerating these dangers for so many women is something we simply can’t ignore.
The statistics tell a frightening story
The UN estimate there will be 15 million more cases of domestic violence worldwide for every 3 months of lockdown
South Africa has the highest rate of rape in the world with 132.4 incidents per 100,000 people. According to a survey conducted by the South African Medical Research Council, approximately one in four men surveyed admitted to committing rape.
This year the UK saw a 25% rise in phone calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline and police were called out to a domestic violence situation every 3 minutes.
But together we can make a difference – through our Big Give Christmas appeal 2020
We urgently want to raise funds for our incredible partner projects who are working tirelessly on the frontline.
At the Nonceba Family Counselling Centre which provides shelter for women in Khayelitsha, a township near Cape Town in South Africa, women and girls who have survived domestic violence or been victims of human trafficking, are offered a place to stay, counselling, legal support and access to healthcare and victim empowerment groups. Your donation will help meet increased demand and allow women and girls to stay in safety.
Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis provides free and confidential support to girls and women suffering from rape, sexual assault and sexual violence. Your donation will help fund their services so they can respond to the growing numbers of women and girls who need them.
£10 could provide an hour of online support and counselling for a survivor of violence.
£25 could provide ten days safe refuge for a survivor of violence.
By donating to our Big Give Christmas appeal – from 12pm 1st December 2020 to 12pm 8th December– your donation will be doubled. That means double the support to help women and girls who rely on our partner projects.Your donationwill mean thousands more women and girls have a lifeline, a counsellor to talk to, a service to find safety in, and a friend. They can’t wait, which is why together we must act now to give the gift of safety.
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