This collection contains paper material consisting of governance, administrative and promotional material of Ananna. It includes a large collection of governance records including minutes of the Management Committee as well as extensive promotional material on services, projects and outreach events. These also include reports and other administrative records. It also contains digital photographic material.
Manchester Bangladeshi Women's Organisation Ananna Papers
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 3228 58
- Dates of Creation1988 - 2014
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish Bengali
- Physical Description7 Boxes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Manchester Bangladeshi Women's Project was established to meet the specific needs of Bangladeshi women in the Manchester community. It later became the Manchester Bangladeshi Women's Organisation, Ananna. A steering committee was formed with all Bangladeshi women at a public meeting in Longsight library, 1987, where local Councillors showed support for the project. After being awarded funding, it officially started its services in September 1989 in Longsight, Manchester.
It was initally run by the local Social Services Department and then in June 1990 it became fully independent with an newly formed Management Committee and held its first Annual General Meeting. It was given the new name Ananna at the 1999 Annual General Meeting, meaning "unique woman" in Bengali.
"Ananna is a unique organisation, providing services for women by women and for the benefit of the whole community." Ananna has delivered a wealth of services including education, health, childcare, training, day trips and religious celebrations, much of which is represented in this collection.
The collection has been arranged into five series:
- 1) Governance of the organisation
- 2) Material on services and projects
- 3) Material on outreach events and promotional material
- 4) Research by or for Ananna
- 5) Photographs of the organisation and its members
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Some items are closed under the Data Protection Act. Please consult the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Research Centre for access to these items.
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