The Oxford Circle 5th Anniversary
Photo credit: Malmaison, Oxford

The OxfordCircle 5thAnniversary

Afternoon Tea at Malmaison, Oxford

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Celebrating The Oxford Circle's Fifth Anniversary with Afternoon Tea

On Friday 13 October we gathered together at Malmaison for a spectacular afternoon tea in celebration of The Oxford Circle’s fifth anniversary. For the past five years the members of The Oxford Circle have been raising the vital awareness and funds needed to help realise the rights of vulnerable women and girls.

Our special guest speaker, Dr Brenda Kelly, shared some heart-breaking stories of some of the women she has treated at the Oxford Rose Clinic, a confidential treatment centre for women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C). Brenda became the driving force in setting up the clinic after being told that FGM/C was not an issue in Oxfordshire, which, as Brenda pointed out, is not true. Brenda’s talk was inspiring and we hope to find ways to support victims of FGM/C in the future.

Dr Becky Cox shared her personal experience of domestic abuse. She inspired us all with her challenge to run 13 half marathons with Babs, her inflatable dinosaur, strapped to her back, all for raising awareness and funds for The Circle’s projects and Women’s Aid.

The Oxford Circle is supporting the Noncebe Women’s Shelter as their chosen project. At the event we raised funds for Nonceba through a luxury raffle.

Unfortunately, The Circle founder, Annie Lennox, was unable to attend the event. However, Annie recorded a short video message for the members of The Oxford Circle to thank them for all they have achieved and for being part of the change needed to ensure that women and girls can realise their rights globally. The Oxford Circle looks to support projects locally as well as globally.

To find out more about The Oxford Circle, you can visit their page or email hello@thecircle.ngo.

Event details

Where? Malmaison, Oxford Castle, 3 New Rd, Oxford OX1 1AY.
When? 13 October 2017 at 2:30 pm.