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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and How You Can Help Achieve Them

Young reporters from the Pikin to Pikin Tok project in Sierra Leone. Photo credit: Child to Child. The Circle member Shannon Hodge looks at the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how we, as active citizens, can maintain […]


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5 Life Hacks to Help Change the Fashion Industry

Photo: The Music Circle’s Rumble in the Jumble, London. Cheap food and fashion often means someone, somewhere, is paying the price. Organisations like Fairtrade aim to stop this by helping people in the world’s most marginalised communities escape poverty, strengthen […]


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The Circle at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards

The Circle founder Annie Lennox with the seamstresses of Maison Valentino, after presenting them with The Art of Craftmanship award. “Behind every great house of fashion, there are thousands of exceptional women” On Sunday, The Circle Italia members attended the […]


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Annie Lennox’s and The George Harrison Global Citizen Award

On Monday, we were thrilled to see The Circle founder Annie Lennox receive the George Harrison Global Citizen Award at the Global Citizen Festival in New York. The award honoured her contribution to music and activism throughout her career. Olivia […]


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8 Things You Should Know about Fast Fashion

  The fast fashion industry has been a hot topic at The Circle this year. Back in May, The Lawyers Circle published a report that sets out the legal argument that a living wage is a fundamental right. We are […]


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Q&A with The Circle co-founding member Livia Firth

  The biggest treasure in life is sisterhood. The power of women in supporting each other is endless and so different from anything else in the world At The Circle,we are ever-inspired by each and every one of our members. […]


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Feminist Calendar: September and October

Photo credit: Care International. Here’s our roundup of feminist events happening up and down the country over the course of the next two months. Whether you’re interested in sports, art, comedy or politics, there’s something for everyone! 3 September – […]


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Six ways in which educating girls benefits their wider community

The Circle member and volunteer Shannon Hodge looks at how educating girls can help tackle everything from child marriage to world poverty Today, more than 263 million children are out of school, with 202 million of those of secondary school […]


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On being a member of The Circle — a message from our Relationship Manager

Peta Barrett, The Circle Relationship Manager, at our South Africa’s Women’s Day celebration. South Africa’s Women’s Day was celebrated in London, on 8 August, even with the grey sky that relentlessly drenched the city! Together we watched our new short […]


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“Education is about more than just textbook learning. It gives me the freedom of choice”

Project: Educate Girls Suhani* is 11 years old and lives in rural Rajasthan. A few years ago, Suhani was struggling to learn how to read and write. Her parents decided that she was not gaining much from going to school […]


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South Africa’s National Women’s Day — a message from The Circle founder Annie Lennox

  As this is National Women’s Day in South Africa I wanted to share how proud I am of our short film clip which was made for The Circle with love, passion and dedication by the South African film maker […]


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The Asian Circle Summer Party, 2017

  The Asian Circle Summer Party, 2017 — press release The Asian Circle Summer Party is beginning to become a bit of a tradition. The annual bonanza was hosted once again at the fantastic Bangalore Express restaurant near Bank Station, […]


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Karigari London — an exhibition of artisanal Indian fashion and decor

  Karigari London, 2017 — press release.  The Asian Circle was delighted to be the charity partner at this year’s Karigari London exhibition. The event took place at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan centre, in West Kensington, London, between 22 and 25 […]


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A new lease of life for the Pink (Rickshaw) Ladies

Nasreen Ghafoor, one of the first drivers at The Pink Rickshaw. Photo credit: The Environment Protection Fund. With a video call full of laughter, female empowerment and even tears, some of the members of The Circle caught up with the […]


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8 Women’s Rights Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

Photo credit: India’s Daughter. Storytelling through film — a combination of human interest stories, compelling visuals and an emotional narrative — is becoming increasingly popular among those advocating for human rights, due to its success in putting injustice under a […]


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Annie Lennox’s full interview at the Most Powerful Women Summit in London

On 13 June 2017, The Circle founder Annie Lennox was interviewed by Pattie Sellers at the Most Powerful Women summit in London. You can watch the full interview here:


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Singer Annie Lennox Calls for Solidarity to Help Most Vulnerable Women

The Circle featured in Thomson Reuters Foundation News   LONDON, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The challenges women face in the developing world, such as poor education and healthcare, child marriage and female genital mutilation may seem insurmountable, but […]


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Chatterbox: The Social Enterprise Unlocking the Skills of Women Refugees

Patuni, founder Mursal’s mum and the inspiration behind Chatterbox. Photo credit: P. Hedayat. Shannon Hodge, member of The Circle, meets the women behind Chatterbox, a charity employing refugees as language tutors An estimated 117,234 refugees have resettled in the UK […]


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Who is a Refugee? 8 Things You Should Know about the Refugee Crisis

Image credit: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times. “Imagine living in a refugee camp where you are too scared to go the toilet, or being subjected to sexual harassment on a daily basis in your host community because of your gender […]


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The Lawyers Circle Groundbreaking Living Wage Report in the Media

The Circle member and co-founder Livia Firth and The Circle member Jessica Simor at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. (Photo credit: Copenhagen Fashion Summit) On 11 May 2017, The Lawyers Circle launched a groundbreaking report at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Fashion […]


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Surround Yarl’s Wood: Don’t Let Some of the Most Vulnerable Women in the UK Be Forgotten

Image: Women wave at protesters from their rooms in Yarl’s Wood. On 13 May 2017, the women detained at Yarl’s Wood saw the biggest crowd to date protesting outside the metal fences that separate them from fields of yellow flowers. […]


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The Circle Calls for Three-trillion-dollar Fashion Industry to Pay Living Wage

A substantive report into wages in the global fashion industry is launched today at The Copenhagen Fashion Summit by fashion campaigner Livia Firth, human rights barrister Jessica Simor QC and journalist Lucy Siegle—all members of the women’s rights organization The […]


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Feminist Calendar: May and June

We are delighted to share with you the first issue of our Feminist Calendar. In this series of articles we will attempt to keep you posted on talks on feminist theory, art and poetry events, protests, and key dates in […]


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International Women’s Day, part ii: Widening Our Circle at the WOW festival

On 10 and 11 March, The Circle and our team of fabulous volunteers set up shop at the Southbank Centre’s WOW — Women of the World festival with the aim of meeting as many women as possible, discussing our current […]


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Actress Shabana Azmi Celebrates International Women’s Day with The Asian Circle at the London Asian Film Festival

  The Asian Circle celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) at the European premiere of Chalk n Duster, a film starring Shabana Azmi. With this year’s IWD theme of Be Bold for Change, we turned to Chalk n Duster, its fascinating […]


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International Women’s Day, part i: #March4Women

Photo credit: Care International. When I was younger I loved to swim. I was never a fast swimmer, my swimming teacher told me that I had stamina rather than speed. I remember there being an aggression, an impatience and an […]


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The Asian Circle Hosts Summer Party Fundraiser

The Asian Circle hosted its first Summer Networking Party on 22 July 2016 at the luxurious restaurant Bangalore Express in the City of London. The event was an opportunity to bring The Asian Circle members together to enjoy the evening […]


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The Oxford Circle and Artist Rachel Ducker Host Art Exhibition for Oxfam

September 2014, The Varsity Club, Oxford. The renowned Oxford artist Rachel Ducker curated a one-off art event on Thursday 25 September 2014 in collaboration with The Oxford Circle to support an Oxfam project improving schools in rural communities in Niger. […]


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