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The National Council of Women of Great Britain was originally formed in 1895 as the National Union of Women Workers. It came out of the 1880s national movement of several women’s philanthropic organisations concerned about civil, educational, religious and social issues affecting women. A body which was part of this movement was the Aberdeen Ladies’ Union (originally called the Ladies’ Union for the Care and Protection of Women and Girls), founded in 1883. The Union had a key role in forming the Central Council of the Conferences of Women Workers in 1891, which was a precursor to the formation of the National Union. In 1897 the Ladies’ Union became the Aberdeen branch of the The National Union of Women Workers.

The Aberdeen Union of Women Workers was made-up of numerous affiliated organisations which worked with women and concerned itself with issues such as poverty, social reform, equal rights, family rights and also suffrage. The affiliated organisations had representatives on the Executive Committee: organisations such as the Aberdeen Clothing Society, Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Employment Exchange and the Aberdeen Women’s Citizen Association. In 1909 the Union worked with the Women’s Liberal Association, Primrose League, National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies to promote female representation on the school boards in Aberdeen and this included joint canvassing work for candidates.

The National Union of Women Workers changed its name to the National Council of Women of Great Britain in 1918. The Council is affiliated to the International Council of Women.

References: website and see below.

Sources: Aberdeen Union of Women Workers papers (1900 – 1926) and a few items as part of the Mary Esslemont papers (an Aberdeen physician) are held at University of Aberdeen Library. National records are held at London Metropolitan Archives.

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Aberdeen World Poverty Association was founded in 1970 on the instigation of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. The aims were: to collect and make available information about the causes, nature and extent of world poverty and about endeavours to combat or alleviate it; to keep the questions of world poverty and needs of developing countries before the public elected representatives and local interests in north-east Scotland and to co-ordinate efforts of individuals and organisations concerned with these questions. The Association held public events, lobbied and tied up with national groups such as the World Development Movement.

The Association was still active in 1982.

References: see below

Sources: a few items are part of the Mary Esslemont papers (an Aberdeen physician) and are held at University of Aberdeen Library.

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The Scarlet Women Group advertised in The Big Print in 1978, as a socialist forum group.

The Scarlet Women Group was a national collective set up in 1976, who split from the Woman’s Liberation Movement, and produced a publication called MSPRINT (which was the successor to Scottish Women’s Liberation Journal).

References: Aberdeen People’s Press The Big Print and Scottish feminist publication MSPRINT sourced on-line (1978).

Sources: unknown.

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A University of Aberdeen society which advertised in the Freshers’ magazines. The society were involved in numerous actions including two ‘sit-ins’ of University buildings.

The Southern Africa Solidarity Campaign was a national movement and launched in 1976 in response to the Soweto uprising. The campaign supported all movements fighting against apartheid and for liberation in Southern Africa.

References: University Freshers’ magazines.

Sources: unknown.

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A University of Aberdeen society which advertised in the Freshers’ magazines. The society was affiliated to the Scottish Labour Party which had been set up as a break-away group by Labour M.P. Jim Sillars, after he left the Labour Party. The break-away group was short-lived, disbanding in 1981. Sillars went on to join the Scottish National Party.

References: University Freshers’ magazines.

Sources: unknown.

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A University of Aberdeen society which advertised in the Freshers’ magazines. The group published a journal called ‘Aether’, which although was initially produced as a University magazine, continued until 1980.

Also see this website entry for ‘Cairnleith Croft/Ambrosia Wholefoods’.

References: University Freshers’ magazines and Aberdeen Peoples Press.

Sources: copies of ‘Aether’ are held at University of Aberdeen Library.

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A University of Aberdeen society which advertised in the Freshers’ magazines. The national group was founded in 1969.

References: University Freshers’ magazines.

Sources: unknown.

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