The information on this project was taken from the leaflet provided by Debjani Chatterjee during a meeting at her house on 14 March 2015. Below are the details:
BENGALI WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
We are a friendly group of mostly Bengali women of all ages and social backgrounds. We originate from Bangladesh and India. We have in common our sense of being sisters who take pride in the artistic and cultural wealth. We are a friendly group of mostly Bengali women of all ages and social backgrounds. We originate from Bangladesh and India. We have in common our sense of being sisters who take pride in the artistic and cultural Bengali heritage.
We support each other through discussing problems and sharing experiences and aspirations. We have an interest in health and wellbeing. We organise activities and occasional trips for social and educational purposes. Sometimes we hold exhibitions, and organise demonstrations and workshops. We celebrate cultural and festive events like International Women’s Day, Bengali New Year and World Mother Language Day. We have made a wall hanging, banners, a poster and greeting cards. Our occasional newsletter Shongoton is edited by Debjani, who welcomes members’ contributions.
We have a good working relationship with Sahitya Press, run by Debjani Chatterjee. Among its bilingual books are a few (for children and adults) that were produced with our members. In 1990 Barbed Lines won the Arts Council’s first Raymond Williams Community Publishing Prize. In 1994 a second anthology Sweet & Sour helped us to win a National Adult Learners’ Group Award. Songs of Choice was published in 2014. In co-operation with Sahitya Press, we organise occasional bi-lingual readings, workshops and storytelling. Activities include picnics, singing and visual art.
We are a non-party political, multi-faith group, respecting all religions as well as individual members, young and old. Our members are housewives, students, community and health service workers, businesswomen, teachers, etc. We want South Yorkshire’s Bengali community to thrive educationally, economically, politically and in every other way. We are committed as Bengali women to support each other in the solidarity of a common sisterhood, transcending all other differences. We are in the BME Network.
If you are a Bangladeshi, Indian or other South Asian, interested in Bengali culture, and live, work or study in South Yorkshire, please join us. You will be most welcome. You will have fun, gain confidence and experience the satisfaction of helping our community to develop. We have no paid staff and appreciate your voluntary help.
We usually meet on the second Sunday of each month at Park Community Centre, behind Park Library, Duke Street, Sheffield S2 5QT.
Contact: Nazma (Chair) & Sundari (Jt. Secretary) @ 0114-2438824 (evenings), or Debjani (Jt. Secretary) @ 0114-2723906 or Shipra (Treasurer) @ 0114–2620481 (evenings).
Husbands, brothers and sons are welcome to support us as ‘Friends of BWSG’.
£2 Membership, £1 for students (free for girls under 16 & ‘Friends of BWSG’). Enquiries to our officers: Nazma, Shipra, Sundari, Debjani & Shaju (our Games Secretary).
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Some of the publications of poetry contributed mainly by the members of the group: