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“Comfort Women” rally in fron of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul August 2011

The first conference of museums on Japan’s Military “Comfort Women” shows the fundamental role of museums in preserving and uncovering histories for future generations.

In this conference women’s museums together with other museums addressed an important and difficult part of women’s history that is still today denied by the Japanese governmet.

“Comfort women” are called women forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during World War II. The Japanese government has been refusing to acknowledge legal responsibilities for the “comfort women” issue so far.

Our member of the “Women’s active museum on war and peace” took part and sent us the following report of the conference:

 

The First Conference of Museums on Japan’s Military “Comfort Women” Declaration

The world’s first Conference of Museums on Japan’s Military “Comfort Women” convened in the offending nation of Japan with participation from South Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines and the United States.

When South Korean “Comfort Woman” victim KIM Hak-sun stepped forward on August 14, 1991 to question the responsibility of the Japanese government, a long history of silence was broken. In the years since, the contours of a vast system of sexual slavery operated by the Japanese military extending to virtually every corner of Asian Pacific territory under the control of its invading forces have become clear as the result of additional testimonies from victims who came forward one after another, coupled with steady progress in historical research.

At the center of the movement have always been the victims themselves bravely raising their voices. From these gentle and strong survivors’ painful but courageous testimonies, overcoming the burden of the trauma from the brutal past sexual violence beyond description, we have learned the meaning of human dignity and courage.

We have been putting pressure on the Japanese government to accept responsibility for these grave violation of women’s rights; however, it wants to distort and forget the past history.  In the face of the Japanese government’s campaign to deny the history, the role of museums has become even more crucial not only for the education our next generation of the values of peace and human rights, but also for the recovery of the survivors.

Sprouted since the latter half of the 1990s, the “Comfort Women” museums will preserve the memory of the survivors of the “Comfort Women” victims.   The Conference of Museums on Japan’s Military “Comfort Women” declares that we shall continue to act in solidarity in order to carry forward to create a peaceful world free from war that respects the human rights of women.

April 1, 2017

Adopted at the First Conference of Museums on Japan’s Military “Comfort Women”

http://wam-peace.org/en/20170406-2/

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In Oktober 2016 the virtual women’s museum Istanbul organized the conference ” Women’s Museums: Centre Of Social Memory And Place of Inclusion”.

Experts and museum professionals from Turkey and many other countries met in Istanbul in order to talk about women’s museums and their role in society.

This videos document the conference:

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International Women’s Day at the women’s museum of Antalya, Turkey

Antalya, turizm sayesinde Türkiye’nin uluslararası yüzüdür. Antalya dünya buluşmalarına en uygun ve cazip ortamı sunmaktadır.

Antalya binyıllar boyunca ünlü, güçlü ve etkili kadınlar tarihini barındırır: Bugün, dünden geri kalmamalıdır. Antalya en çok göç alan ve en hızlı büyüyen kentlerimizdendir. Bu sağlıksız büyümenin sıkıntıları en çok kadınların ve dolayısıyla çocukların hayatına yansımaktadır. Antalya kozmopolit yapısıyla, geleneksel yapısı arasındaki çatışmaların ve her kesim ve katmandan kadınların fazlasıyla örneklendiği, metropol bir kenttir. Kadınları da toplumsal rollerin etkin çeşitliliğine bağlı olarak sosyal-kültürel çeşitliliğinde de çok zengin bir yelpaze sunmaktadır. Antalya’da hiç küçümsenemeyecek ölçüde, geçmişten günümüze bir kadın hareketi vardır.

Antalya is the international face of Turkey thanks to tourism. Antalya offers the most convenient and attractive environment for international encounters.

Antalya contains a history of famous, powerful and influential women since thousands of years. Today’s achievements shouldn’t be overshadowed by yesterdays. Antalya is one of the fastest growing cities and among the ones that receives the most immigrants. The drawbacks of this unhealthy growth is reflected in the lives of women and hence their children. Cosmopolitan Antalya, with its conflicts between modernity and traditional structures, is a metropolitan city inhabited by women from all walks of life.  Its women offer a rich range of social and cultural diversity, which rests on the bearing of their societal roles. There has been a woman’s movement in Antalya for a considerable time and which shouldn’t be overlooked.

Antalya Kadın Müzesi, bu yıl Dünya Kadınlar Günü kutlamaları için AKRA iş birliği ile farklı bir kutlama geliştirdi.

Antalya Women Museum organized different celebration by cooperating with AKRA for World Women’s Day celebrations.

ANTALYA AKRA KADINI DİYORKİ

Antalya Akra Women say :

 

Dijital dünyanın süratle geliştiği ve sosyal medyanın dünya ile buluşmamızda bu kadar önemli olduğu dikkate alınarak Antalya’nın ve Antalya kadınlarının sesini “AKRA / TEPEDEN” dünyaya biz de duyuracağız. Antalya Antik Çağlardan bugüne kadar kadının hep öne çıktığını ve toplumda önder yerini aldığını görüyoruz. Türk kültüründe de kadının sahip olduğu bu yeri ve değeri biliyoruz. Antalya’nın ve Antalya Kadının ülkemiz dışındaki imajının doğru algılanması için sosyal medyada kullanacağımız mesajları İngilizce olarak da yayınlayacağız.

Taking into consideration that the digital world is developing rapidly and social media is so important to contact the world, we will also hear make of Antalya and Antalya women heard from the “AKRA / TEPEDEN” to the world. We notice that Antalya is a city where women have always been prominent and leading in society from Antiquity to today. We also know the position and the value that women have in Turkish culture. We will also post messages in English that we will use in the social media for the correct perception of Antalya and Antalya Woman’s image for foreign countries.

 

ANTALYA KADIN MÜZESİ – AKRA KADINLARI

ANTALYA WOMEN MUSEUM – AKRA WOMEN

Bahşedilmiş özel bir güç, tılsımlı bir ışık var başlarında: En yükseklerdeler.

There is a special power, a charming light, bestowed on their heads. They are at the highest places.

 

Erkek dünyasının erkek koşullarına rağmen başarmışlar.

They have succeeded despite the male conditions of the male world.

 

Hem anne ve de eş olmuş hem de işlerinde kariyer yapmışlar.

They are both mothers and spouses, as well as successful business women.

 

İki ayakları üzerinde her daim dimdik durmuşlar: Öz güvenliler.

They are self confident.

 

Tepeler çıkmanın verdiği bir güç, bir güzellik var aydınlık yüzlerinde.

There is a power and a beauty on their bright faces by climbing up to the hills.

 

Ve gülümsüyorlar korkusuzca.

And they smile fearlessly.

 

Sevgililer, saygınlar, inançlılar, uygarlar.

They are beloved, respectable, believers, civilized.

 

Cumhuriyetin rol modelleri AKRA KADINLAR.

Role models of the Republic AKRA WOMEN

AKRA KADINLARI

Barbra Reinprecht

Piyanist Pianist

Canan Tungar

Toplum Gönüllüsü Community Volunteer

Çiçek Akbaş

Jinekolog – Sanatçı Gynecologist – Artist

Ebru Manavoğlu

Şehir Plancısı  City Planner

Elif Dağdeviren

Yapımcı UAFF Direktörü Producer Director of UAFF

Gaye Doğanoğlu

Turizmci Tourism Professional

Havva İşkan Işık

Arkeolog – Akademisyen  Archaeologist – Academician

Hülya Bilgin

İnşaat Mühendisi  Civil Engineer

Işık Yargın

Turizmci  Tourism Professional

Kate Clow

Yürüyüş Yolları Eksperti  Trekking Road Expert

Keziban Kan

Girişimci  Entrepreneur

Melike Gül

Bürokrat  Bureaucrat

Nilgün Polat

Dalgıç  Diver

Rojbin Epözdemir

Öğrenci  Student

Sebahat Çevik

Mimar   Architect

Yeliz Gül Ege

Turizmci  Tourism Professional

 

 

Basin Bildirisi – Newsletter

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FINDLING_geschnitten, Osttiroler Serpentin Tauerngrün, 5 Spanten aus VG-Platten: jede 17.5/59.4/89.8 cm auf Folien-beschichteter VG-Basisplatte: 59.4/89.8/3.2 cm 1991/2016 © Dagmar Weissinger

The new exhibition at the women’s museum Berlin is called “scheinbar | offensichtlich” (apparent | obvious) and shows works by Yuni Kim and Dagmar Weissinger.

More in German:

Der Titel dieser Ausstellung thematisiert Dialektik als künstlerisches Prinzip. Beide Adjektive beziehen sich auf
visuelle Wahrnehmungsvorgänge bzw. die darauffolgende intellektuelle Verarbeitung. Das offensichtlich Ersichtliche
einerseits, der getäuschte Blick andererseits – es gilt, den Hintergrund zu entdecken, das Hintergründige aufzuspüren.
Techniken des Gegenüberstellens, Assoziierens, Offenlegens und Verbergens sind den Werken von Yuni Kim und
Dagmar Weissinger gemeinsam.

Women’s museum Berlin

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Women’s Museum Hittisau

We congratulate the women’s museum Hittisau to the successful transfer from the municipality to a supporting association.

Now the museum is ready for a more independent future. After a positive development the museum has become a well-known cultural institution also across borders. It stands for a successful special museum in a rural area.


More in German:

Die Gemeindevertretung Hittisau hat gestern beschlossen, unser Museum in einen Trägerverein zu überführen.

Nun ist der Weg frei für eine unabhängige und zukunftsorientierte Trägerschaft des Frauenmuseum Hittisau. Hintergrund ist vor allem die positive Entwicklung der inzwischen weit über die Landesgrenzen hinaus bekannten Kulturinstitution. So hat sich das Frauenmuseum Hittisau als Musterbeispiel eines erfolgreichen Spezialmuseums im ländlichen Raum entwickelt.

„Die Gemeinde Hittisau hat in den vergangenen 16 Jahren als alleinige Trägerin ermöglicht, dass das Frauenmuseum gegründet und aufgebaut werden konnte. Jetzt ist Zeit, diese für unsere Region bedeutsame Kultur- und Bildungsinstitution mit mehr Unabhängigkeit auszustatten. Dafür übergeben wir die Trägerschaft an einen neu zu schaffenden Verein, in dessen Vorstand die künftigen Fördergeber – also wir als Gemeinde und das Land Vorarlberg – vertreten sein werden“, so der Hittisauer Bürgermeister Gerhard Beer.

Bereits Anfang des vergangenen Jahres hatte die Gemeindevertretung Hittisau beschlossen, Möglichkeiten einer neuen Aufstellung für das Frauenmuseum Hittisau überprüfen zu lassen. Auf dieser Grundlage wurde ein Lenkungsausschuss eingesetzt, welcher sich seit vergangenem Jahr intensiv mit dieser Frage beschäftigt hat. In den Entwicklungsprozess eingebunden waren auch interessierte und betroffene Kreise der Hittisauer Bevölkerung, die Museumsführung sowie deren Mitarbeiterinnen und Museums-FachexpertInnen.

„Mit dieser jetzt neu zu schaffenden Struktur können wir unseren Weg fortsetzen. Mehr Unabhängigkeit mit einem eigenen Trägerverein bedeutet zwar gesteigerte Verantwortung, aber auch mehr Gestaltungsspielraum. Das ist bezogen auf unsere Thematik – Frauengeschichten und -kultur darzustellen, zu erforschen und in Bezug auf ländliche Entwicklungen kritisch zu beleuchten – ein wichtiger Entwicklungsschritt“, so die Direktorin des Frauenmuseum Hittisau, Stefania Pitscheider Soraperra.

Mit der neuen Struktur verbunden ist auch der politische Auftrag seitens der Gemeinde an das Frauenmuseum Hittisau, weiterhin hochwertige Leistungen im Bereich der Kultur- und Bildungsarbeit für die Region sowie arbeitsmarkt- und gesellschaftspolitische Impulse zu erbringen. Erwartet wird auch, dass die jetzt schon sehr hohe Umwegrentabilität des Frauenmuseum Hittisau weiter erhalten bleibt. Nach einer internen Berechnung bringt jeder über Förderung investierte Euro etwa vier Euro an Wertschöpfung für die Gemeinde und die Region.

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On Intertnational Women’s Day 2017 an IAWM exhibition will be on display in the European Parliament in Brussels. Through images of objects coming from no less than 12 member museums the exhibition illustrates women’s economic empowerment in different parts of the world.

The exhibition provides the cultural frame to an event marking IWD 2017 at the European Parliament. It is organized by the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and contains a global forum for national gender equality leaders from the European Union Members States and beyond. The two-day conference is dedicated to an exchange of experience and best practice in advancing the economic situation of women and the gender issues of the European and gloabl equality agenda.

We thank the curators of the exhibition Gaby Franger, Claudia Mandel and Astrid Schönweger and we thank the participating 12 member museums for the successful collaboration!

 

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In the ICOM 2016 General Conference on Museums and Cultural Landscapes IAWM got the chance to present the network of women’s museums, its achievements and goals to an international audience.

One of the central points in the meeting was the relation of museums and human rights. The IAWM presentation focused on our international member museums taking a stand for women’s rights as human rights providing a precious contribution to a peaceful society.

The presentation of IAWM took place within the meeting “The Ethical Museum” organized by the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) and ICOM International Committee on Management (INTERCOM).

This meeting considered the political, social and economic landscapes of museums and the ethical challenges that these might pose. Some of the main issues considered were: what are the implications for managing museums successfully? What obligation does the museum have to its governing body? And to the public? How can a museum code of ethics support museums to resolve some of these conflicts?

See here the presentation

 

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The presentation of the “Antalya Woman of the Year” award took place on the first of February at the Akra Hotel in Antalya.

This year’s presentation of the Prof. Dr. Jale Inan Award was expected with great interest and there were also many representatives of official institutions among the numerous guests. Among them was the deputy governor of Antalya, the mayor and his wife, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and of the Antalya Promotion Foundation, under the auspices of which the Antalya Women’s Museum was founded in 2015.

The day for the award ceremony is always the first of February, the birthday of Prof. Dr. Jale Inan, the first female Archaeologist of Turkey.

She studied in Berlin and Munich because at that time in Turkey it was not possible to study archaeology. In 1947 she became an assistant to Arif Müfid Mansel, the first Ordinary Professor for Classical Archaeology in Turkey, and his successor in 1975. Prof. Dr. Jale Inan was a member of the German and Austrian Archaeological Institute.

Before the award ceremony, a panel discussion took place under the moderation of the well-known entrepreneur and filmmaker Elif Dağdeviren.

Under the theme “To live with women makes life beautiful”, she discussed the role and life of women in Turkey with the guest speaker Iclal Aydin, an actress and author.

Elif Dağdeviren; “The Antalya Women’s Museum is very important for me not just as a woman, but especially as a woman who devotes her life to women’s questions. In Turkey, in Anatolia, on this soil, which is bearing the word “mother” (ana) in the name – it would be impossible not to support such an institution as the Women’s Museum. “

Iclal Aydin underlined the importance of the Antalya Women’s Museum as a platform for strong women in Antalya, who are presented in individual portraits on the website of the virtual museum.

Ms. Yeliz Gül-Ege, vice chairman of the Antalya Women’s Museum, finally announced the decision of the advisory board.

The decision was made on Sibel Önder, a young lawyer. Due to her courage, dedication, empathy and meticulous detective work, 7 years after the rape and murder of the only 16-year-old Sezgi Kırıt the suspects could be arrested. The criminal proceedings are continuing.

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