Councillor Yasmine Dar
Councillor Yasmine Dar was born in South Yorkshire but raised in Manchester. She is a proud Mancunian and has lived in Manchester for over 50 years, alongside her five brothers and one sister.
As a child, Yasmine attended Manley Park Primary School and Whalley Range High School. She then attended Abraham Moss College, where she studied Art and Design, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. After working for several years, Yasmine took the decision to go back to education and completed a Diploma and Certificate in Welfare Studies. She began working for a Welfare Rights Organisation supporting and advising individuals regarding their rights and entitlements. Yasmine soon realised making a difference to the lives of others by providing the right support and advice was her vocation.
Yasmine has had her fair share of trials and tribulations but has not let any of those struggles or difficulties keep her down. Empowered by her life experiences, while being a mother to two daughters, Yasmine completed a BA Hons in Social Work from Salford University.
In 2009, Yasmine and her brother Majid set up a charity for young people called Community on Solid Ground. It is now an award-winning service, and more than 400 young people access its activities on a weekly basis. Yasmine’s working life has included helping some of the most vulnerable and stigmatised in our communities around mental ill health, domestic abuse, and the criminal justice system.
Yasmine has valued the support of her loving parents, especially her late father M. Akram Dar, who encouraged her to become involved in local politics. Yasmine knew she could make a difference and is committed to standing up for peace, justice and equality for all. She was elected to Manchester City Council in 2014 as Councillor for Moston ward. Yasmine is a proud socialist and community activist. Soon after becoming a councillor, she was elected onto the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee – its highest governing body. This is a great achievement for a working-class, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic woman.
Life taught Yasmine that she could empower herself to do better, and this is why her year as Lord Mayor will have the theme of self-empowerment. Yasmine says: “I am truly humbled and honoured to be the Lord Mayor of the City of Manchester. I will represent the great people of this city, and inspire and empower others on this journey.”
Yasmine will be supported by her daughter Amina as Lady Mayoress, and her brother Majid Dar as Consort during her year.
The Deputy Lord Mayor
The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Paul Andrews.