Asha February Update

It's been a while but the past few months have been full of exciting events at Asha!





'TWELVE' -  A Production by Kali Theatre Company

In December we were delighted to be involved with 'Twelve' a production by Kali Theatre Company at Tristan Bates Theatre that explores so-called 'honour killings' in the UK.

Shocked and moved by true stories of young women killed in the UK in the name of familly 'honour' where according to the Metropolitan Police, on average 12 such killings occur each year, twelve writers collaborated to create a unique theatre event that gives voice to these lost lives.

Twelve monologues, one from each writer, each exploring some aspect of the lives on one of these murdered women were woven together to create a moving and poignant piece of theatre. We hope to see more of this powerful production in the near future.



ASHA 29th Annual General Meeting

Our 29th Annual General Meeting was held in January. It was a lovely occasion and was followed by a chance to catch up over lunch. We had a stall selling books and Asha t-shirts and a henna tattoo service which proved very popular.


The AGM also hosted the Striking Women exhibition, chronicling the strike action of South Asian women since the 1970s in the UK. Dr Sundari Anitha talked about the exhibition and the strong leadership qualities these women showed in a time where there was widespread oppression of women and minority communities.




ASHA stall at Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre

In March Asha will be part of the marketplace at Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival. Come and find us in the Royal Festival Hall, around the edge of the Clore Ballroom Floor from 10-6 on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March.


At our stall you will be able to find information about our services, chat to members of staff about our work and support us by buying a fantastic Asha t-shirt or a stunning tote bag, hand customised with recycled saris by women from the Asha refuge. And of course there are the brilliant events of the WOW Festival to attend over the weekend, including a very special talk by Malala Yousafzai.

Ayndrilla Singharay of Asha will be joining the WOW Bites panel on International Womens' Day Saturday 8th March 12-1 in St Paul's Pavilion to talk about her work with Asha and how it has influenced her writing.

We are all thrilled to be part of such a vibrant and special festival that celebrates women.

Not to be missed!

Please check the Southbank Centre website for more details about the Women of the World Festival: