From 7th until 11th March the WOW-Women of the World Festival took place at the Southbank Centre in London. Since 2010 the festival is organized around International Women’s Day in order to celebrate women and girls, their achievements, and to discuss the obstacles and difficulties they face. The festival evolved to a meeting place for feminists and feminist organisations. Artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and many more meet for discussions, talks, workshops in order to explore ways of reaching gender equality. Terri Bell Halliwell, founder of the initiative inVISIBLEwomen had a stand at the festival this year:
Jude Kelly, Director of the Southbank Centre and founder of the WOW festival
The young and independent producer Teresa Sala collaborated with IAWM and other Women’s Museums in the EU project ‘She Culture’ and produced the short film ‘Fe|Male Toys’.
We are happy to let you know that this and other films by the talented producer will be shown at the festival ‘domina domna’ in Bergamo, Italy in April.
The 9th of March 20118 the Iranian Women’s Movement Museum was inaugurated in exile with the exibition “From Evin, with Love”.
This important event took place in Humanity House in Den Haag, the Netherlands.
Curator and founder of the Iranian Women’s Wovement Museum, Mansoureh Shoajee, could together with former Nobel peace prize winner, Shirin Ebadi, welcome a moved public.
The exhibition consists of objects of handicrafts made by political women prisoners in the Evin Prison in Iran, and photos and biographs of these women. Some of the objects are made as gifts to the children of the women, whom they were not able to see during their long time in prison. Some of the women are still prisoners.
The International Association of Women’s Museums was invited to the inauguration, and our president Mona Holm made a speech on behalf of all our members all over the world.
This museum and exhibition is a truly extrordinary achievment. We are so proud of having Shirin Ebadi as the Godmother of our International Association of Women’s Museums, and we support her wish that one day they will be able to open their Women’s Museum also in Teheran.
A new Discovery Room, new exhibitions, a photo contest, the celebration of Mother Godess, and the promotion of gender equality – Read about the latest news from the Women’s Museum Vietnam.
Discovery Room – A new space for students to experience
On the morning of November 23rd, 2017, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum (VWM) launched the opening of the newly renovated Discovery Room. The aim of the discovery room is to provide knowledge for children about gender equality, discuss issues relating to gender, enhance the children’s awareness of gender issues and promote gender equality. Therefore, the museum decided to renovate the discovery room’s contents into three main areas: an area of gender and sexuality, one area of activities, and an area to read books. in which gender activities are the core activities. Its contents are shown through visual educational tools or games so that students can experience and find out more about many aspects of life. It includes the difficult issues that are hard for parents to talk about with their children such as how the child was born, the similarities and the difference between gender and sexuality, how the children behave in different situations so they can gain skills to protect themselves, etc. It is also a friendly and comfortable space for children to develop their imagination, discover new ideas based on many activities and create chances to explore experiences, discuss their feelings and create, as well as give them the ability to think independently and promote teamwork.
Darlene Clover, founder of the initiative for a Women’s Museum in Victoria, Canada visited two exhibitions in Toronto. One was of Christian Dior at the Royal Ontario Museum and the other, “Victims of Fashion” at the Bata Shoe Museum. She created these ‘found poems’ from wording and phrases from the curatorial statements, explanatory panels and labels, which she will read at her talk feminist research and pedagogy at the University of Huddersfield:
Ode to the Couturier
The bible has not taught us so much
As this master of shape
This great conductor of form
Who astonished the public
By orchestrating away wartime masculine style
To make women feel like women again
Clothed in the armour
Of a revival of 19th century corsetry
That obscured the natural to accentuate the waist
And enshrine femininity
As the ‘new look’ of peace
Ode to the victims
Their worries proved to be well-founded
In the decades long reign
Of notorious female fashion dictates
Cloth dipped in toxic pigments
Testing positive for arsenic
And when brushed against a flame
Set instantly alight the women
Imprisoned in the steel corseted cage
Crafted to make a criminally small waist
And mocked mercilessly by caricaturists
For their female excess and frivolity
In occasion of International Women’s Day the Women’s Museum Hittisau in Austria is inviting to the concert finklinggs: “… nur für Freunde der Urtriebsfoschung”.
Before the concert a workshop with Dr. Christian Fiala, founder of the Museum of Contraception and Abortion in Vienna, will take place.
Global Fund for Women’s President and CEO, Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, delivered an inspiring TED Talk for International Women’s Day.
Isirika. It’s one word with a meaning powerful enough to mobilize and inspire an entire community.
Global Fund for Women’s President and CEO, Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro’s new TED Talk was just released for International Women’s Day! It’s time to embrace isirika – a Maragoli word that means ‘caring, together, for one another’ or equal generosity – and help make a real difference for women around the world.