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Centre of Inspiration
& Empowerment

Belfast Asian Women’s Academy (BAWA) is a charitable company established in January 2019 by its founder Ana Chandran. 
Ana’s search to find a platform and support network specifically for professional Asian women women establishing a life in NI didn’t exist thus BAWA was formed. Bawa is a fast paced unit empowering and inspiring women. A non-denominational grassroots organisation focusing on promoting unity, respect and diversity. BAWA delivers a range of innovative social and recreational programmes.
BAWA also runs community led workshops for the benefit of all. Addressing and tackling societal issues in liaison with other charities to tackle poverty, homelessness and other pressure facing communities.

In 2022 the former Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Tina Black selected BAWA as one of her charities during her term in office

Civic dignitory charity


Our Vision

Creating unity and inclusivity within the society we live in whilst acknowledging the importance of accepting difference.

core values


We go the extra mile to support women and advocate for women.


We act in an ethical manner and strongly adhere to morality.


We show gratitude, thank people for their assistance and support.


We focus on spreading positivity and making everyone happy.


We collaborate as a team to achieve common goals and celebrate achievement of others.

Our Team

Ana Chandran LLB Hons

Founder & Chair

Vandana Singh


Ramya Kuntlapalli


Namratha Dasu

Cultural Lead

Deepika Sadagopan

Sports Lead


BAWA Social & Recreational Hub

BAWA Social and Recreational Hub was developed to run activities for Asian migrant women and families to help them integrate, build connections, reduce isolation, share experiences and build peer support. Our activities will also help improve mental health and physical well- being. BAWA Social and Recrearional Hub is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund NI. Thank you to the National Lottery Players for making this possible.

Upcoming Events

29 Feb 2024

Food Donation to the Belfast Homeless Services

BAWA gave food to the homeless through the Belfast Homeless Services for a total of 39 weeks. It was possible to deliver 780 homemade meals because of the kindness and generosity of all our members. The project was ably supported by Indian Grocery Market, Mr. Spice. 

23 Feb 2024

Lets go Hiking!

Summer activity for ladies - Davis & Black mountain

Our Mission

Promoting Unity | Respecting Diversity.

BAWA Support Services

We advocate, support and assist women in dispute with employers, landlords, letting agencies and businesses. We assist in drafting formal letters, application forms and referral forms.

BAWA Charity & Community Services

We contribute to the community we live in by undertaking charity work. We organise community cohesion and good relation events to build bridge between the different communities in Northern Ireland. We collaborate with local community groups to embrace their culture and to share our culture and heritage.

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