Our Chai Day in London
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OurChai Dayin London

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The Circle Chai Day in London

The Circle brought together members and their guests for a networking event on 28 November 2018 at the Glasgow Caledonian University’s venue near Spitalfields, London, from 18:30. Inspired by The Circle’s Chai Day Campaign to raise awareness and funds for The Circle’s projects doing their part to eliminate gender-based violence starting on November 25th. It was an evening of information, inspiration and networking with other members of The Circle. The Circle’s Executive Director spoke about the importance of Chai Day and the vital work being done by the grass-root projects funded by Chai Day. Sioned was joined by two guest speakers on the night. 

The first is member of The Circle, International Advocate and author Sharon Benning-Prince, who spoke passionately about the issue of human trafficking and the specific impact on women and girls. Sharon Benning-Prince is a former corporate/private equity lawyer who now additionally works on supply chains and modern slavery legal matters. She assists corporates with their supply chains and transparency and further sits as a trustee for the Medaille Trust.

Our second speaker was the Co-Founder of Vavengers and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) activist, Hoda Ali. Hoda Ali is a nurse and human rights activist defending the rights of girls through working and campaigning to end female genital mutilation in the United Kingdom. 

Both women spoke emotionally about their experiences with these breaches of human rights and the extent to which they affect women and girls globally. Sharon told a number of truly shocking stories about instances of modern slavery and how large corporations need to be held responsible for their supply chains. Hoda spoke about her own experience, the consequences of FGM and the tradition of cutting in Somalia. It was a truly incredible evening.

We had a fantastic time raising a cup of Chai with our members and their guests to empower victims of gender-based violence.

Event details

Where? GCU London, 40 Fashion St, E1 6PX.
When? 28 November 2018, 6:30 pm.

Want to organise a Chai Day in your community?

Chai Day is a way to get your friends or colleagues together over a cup of tea, to raise awareness about gender-based violence and raise funds to support survivors and help end violence against women and girls.

Anyone can organise a Chai Day. To find out how, visit www.chaiday.org.