Polly Harrar is the Founder of The Sharan Project, a UK based online support service for South Asian women who have been disowned, forcedly or voluntarily left home and are actively

seeking support towards successful independent living without fear. Sharan works to support women who have been affected by issues to include domestic violence, forced marriage, honour abuse and other harmful practices. Polly set up The Sharan Project in 2008 and has been advocating for equality and women’s rights for over 20 years. Her previous roles include working at Refuge UK, The Stroke

Association, the London Development Agency and the Commission for Racial Equality. In 2013 Polly was highly commended at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards for her social and humanitarian work and named in the Independent on Sunday’s 100 Happy List of people who make Britain a happier place to live.