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The question Nadia Murad wants to ask the UN security council is “Why is it taking so long?”

Nadia Murad is one of over 7000 Yazidi women and children who were kidnapped by the IS in 2014. Now she pleads to the government of Iraq and the United Nations to finally investigate these crimes. The victims of the IS should finally receive the justice they deserve.


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In 2006 a group of women, professionals and feminists, kicked off the activities MUSEUM OF WOMEN, by then unprecedented initiative in Latin America and with few precedents in the world. While the creation of the museum had been proposed in 1989 to the Directorate of Museums of the City of Buenos Aires by historian Graciela Tejero Coni the project floundered in official circles, and had to wait until it became a private museum (IGJ Nª 732 / 06).

Since its opening the museum meets the objectives of defending the rights of women and being a source of awareness of gender oppression.

It has formed a team of specialists in different disciplines that drive a specific file and museological reservoir of cultural history of women, promotion and production of art and culture of women, who make history with the people.

The action of the museum is guided by the following principles: defending a scientific and popular culture; the vindication of the rights and interests of women; the fight against the double oppression and gender subordination; the rescue and dissemination of cultural values ​​of intellectuals and artists in the country, Latin America and the world, especially the national sense of culture and the vindication of indigenous people.

The museum is oriented on “New museology” that goes far beyond the idea of ​​”tight reservoir of unused parts”, but includes and invites visitors to interact, have fun, learn and contribute from their own experience and memories.

The museum does not receive permanent financing of official or private entities and does receive financial support from its members and friends.

In 2008 the Museo de la Mujer Argentina was a founding member of the International Network of Museums of Women in the world, transformed since 2012 in IAWM – International Women’s Association of Museums.


En el año 2006 un grupo de mujeres, profesionales y feministas, dieron inicio a las actividades del MUSEO DE LA MUJER, iniciativa para entonces inédita en América Latina y con pocos antecedentes en el mundo. Si bien la creación del museo había sido propuesta en 1989 a la Dirección de Museos de la Municipalidad de Buenos Aires por la historiadora Graciela Tejero Coni el proyecto no prosperó en los ámbitos oficiales, y debió esperar hasta transformarse en un museo privado (IGJ Nª 732/06).

Desde su apertura cumple los objetivos de defender los derechos de las mujeres y ser un recurso de concienciación sobre la opresión de género, lo que le ha valido ser declarado de interés cultural por el Honorable Congreso de la Nación (O.D.2378 de junio 2007).

Ha constituido un equipo de especialistas en diferentes disciplinas que impulsan un archivo y reservorio museológico específico de la historia cultural de las mujeres, la promoción y producción del arte y la cultura de las mujeres, que hacen historia junto al pueblo.

Guía su acción los principios de la defensa de una cultura científica y popular; la reivindicación de los derechos e intereses de las mujeres; la lucha contra su doble opresión y subordinación de género; el rescate y difusión de los valores culturales de intelectuales y artistas del país, de Latinoamérica y del mundo, en especial el sentido nacional de la cultura y la reivindicación de los pueblos originarios.

Orienta su propuesta la línea de “Nueva museología” que supera ampliamente la idea de “reservorio estanco de piezas en desuso”, sino que lo incluye resignificándolo para invitar a interactuar, divertirse, aprender y aportar desde la propia experiencia y memoria.

El museo no recibe financiación permanente de entes oficiales ni privados y sí recibe el apoyo económico de sus socias y amigas.

En el año 2008 fue miembro fundador de la Red Internacional de Museos de las Mujeres en el mundo, transformada desde el año 2013 en IAWM – International Association of Women´s Museums.

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Zubaan, the first feminist publishing house in India, started this week with this new and amazing E-Essays Project. This project wants to make feminist knowledge and academic research more easily accessible.

For nearly fifteen years, Zubaan has been publishing quality content in gender-related fields. For the first time this new project makes it possible to purchase single e-essays for a reasonable fee. Each week more essays will be available for purchase and, each month, a new essay is available for free with any other purchase.

This weeks releases focus on the theme of the challenges and strengths of the women’s movement in India.

Upcoming essays will populate the following themes: Trauma, Exile, Important figures, Legislation, Expanding feminism/theory, Patriarchy, Health, Reproductive health, Religion/communalism, Work and labour, Civil society, Methodology, Family & kinship, Testimonials, Autobiography, Education, Sexual violence, Home and domestic spaces, Women’s movements, Religion & conflict, State crimes & impunity.

This months free essay “Towards a Feminist Politics? The Indian Women’s Movement in Historical Perspective” by Samita Sen traces the history of the Indian Women’s Movement from the 1920s to the present day.

Here you can subscribe to the e-essays mailer in order to be informed about the current available e-essays.

 

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The Antalya Women Museum is Turkey’s second virtual women museum. It was established on the 23rd November 2015 under the guidance of the Antalya Promotion Foundation, a non-profit organization with the aim to develop tourism on solid foundations and to increase social and economic benefits.

Established initially in a virtual setting, the intention is maintaining it not only as a visual area, but also as a dynamic educational and socio-cultural activity centre.

The museum features the stories of urban and rural women in Antalya and hosts exhibitions.

The latest exhibition “Nomad Bride” includes 40 photographs besides the “The Blessing of the Bridal Veil” installation. This exhibition about Turkmen Nomad / Yörük women is of great importance for the Turkish culture and the installation is meant to show how a nomadic bride could be described for our time.

 

The Antalya Women Museum honours every year a woman with the “Jale İnan Award”. The prize is named after Turkey’s first female archeologist.

 

The results of  Professor Dr. Jale İnan’s work can be seen in Perge and Side; two ancient cities that have become internationally renowned. Jale İnan started excavations in Side and Perge 60 years ago. Today Antalya is honored by her accomplishments.

 

Website: www.antalyawomenmuseum.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AntalyaKadinMuzesi

Twitter: twitter.com/kadinmuzesi07

Instagram: www.instagram.com/antalyakadinmuzesi/

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The association “Interessengemeinschaft Frau und Museum” in Switzerland was founded by Martha Beéry in 2010 and has set the following goal in its statutes:

„The community of interests woman and museum“ creates a platform to show the not so often presented aspects of history, reality, performances and influences of women in the Swiss society as well as the relationship between the gender.

Some activity’s in the first five years were

2012 Thoughts: “between Memory and Memorials”

Frauenpavillon / St. Gallen / Schweiz

 

 

2012 All saints day: “Memory traces – holy women” 

St. Mangenkirche

The church where Wyborada was included. Wyborada is the patron/matron of libraries and the women’s library and phonothek in St. Gallen is also named after her.

 

2014 “Historical Swiss Women are visible”

FrauenVernetzungsWerkstatt

Action against a month of Swiss-history in the Swiss television “The Swiss” “where we come from – who we are – where we are going to. The action was caused because Swiss TV was unable to show that also women was and are contributing her part in Swiss-history.

 

2015 „Lichtwerke, the photographer Mia Hesse, born as Mia Bernoulli

Women’s library

Mia Bernoulli, was the first woman of Hermann Hesse, the well-known German writer. She was a Swiss lady and the first female artist Photographer in Switzerland.


2015 „Equal pay now“ in Bern, the capital of Switzerland.

Participation on the demonstration with 10’000 participants


Participation 4./5. shadow report for CEDAW

(Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) with 5 Interventions about not or false mention of women in the Swiss television.
“States Parties shall take all appropriate measures:(a) To modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, with a view to achieving the elimination of prejudices and customary and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women”

 

 

After 5 years of working and now having good arguments for the necessity of a women’s museum   to realize an equal society, the association Women and Gender museum in Switzerland was founded in Zürich on 5th January 2017.

Next steps see: www.ig-frauenmuseum.ch.

 

February 2017

Martha Beéry-Artho

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The women’s museum Hittisau will receive the Austrian museum prize of 2017, which is the highest public award for museums in Austria. This is a reason to celebrate, not only for the women’s museum Hittisau, but for us all!

The women’s museum Hittisau was opened as the first women’s museum in Austria in 2000. Since 17 years it shows two to three exhibitions each year. It promotes the culture of women and encourages discussions especially in the rural area, where it is situated. The explanatory statement of the award says that women’s museums are never comfortable. But especially in rural areas the courage for direct confrontation and integration are needed, in order to initiate change.

We congratulate the women’s museum Hittisau to this award!

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In many regions of Uganda, rural women live below the poverty line, and food is scarce. Women must work on farms simply to keep enough food on the table to feed their families.

With the goal of empowering rural women and helping to address these needs, Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE) was founded in 2000 in Kampala. It offered courses to rural women about food security, income generation, health, literacy, and more—critical issues for women in the region, who had few resources available to them.

“The rural women had issues that were inhibiting them from actively participating in their social development,” says Agnes Mirembe, Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment’s current Programs Manager. 

But when the organization began, it had little funding and no international support.

Fast forward to today, 13 years after ARUWE received its first grant from Global Fund for Women in 2004: ARUWE now helps many communities within the central and north-eastern regions of Uganda. In addition to offering trainings on organic sustainability farming and business management, ARUWE teaches the rural women it works with about their rights—health, land, and economic rights.

“Some of the women we are working with have just finished voting election exercises, and we have two that are working on local level councils,” explains Agnes. “There they can represent and talk about the issues that the women are really struggling with. It’s a beautiful thing to have leaders come out of the people that we are working with.”

Learn more about ARUWE’S work

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In this virtual exhibition the Girl Museum is asking “What was life like for a girl in the Ancient World?”. Ancient Civilizations are fascinating – the Babylonians, Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Indus Valley, and Maya.  These civilizations flourished between 3000 BCE and 500 CE, and left behind monuments and mysteries that fascinate us today. Yet evidence about young girls in these cultures has been scarce.

In this exhibit, the Girl Museum brings to life Ancient Girls – showing how their daily lives were similar and different, both from each other and from our modern lives.  Join the museum to travel back to these distant cultures, and discover the surprisingly complex lives that girls led.  What you’ll find isn’t in any history book – and may leave you questioning everything you’ve been taught about ancient life.

ANCIENT GIRLS

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The Vietnamese Women’s Museum has just released 3 posters with a bold, new, thought-provoking style, thanks to the help of a local creative agency.

The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is a popular attraction in Hanoi. In two consecutive years 2015-2016, the Museum was listed as the best attraction in Vietnam. The permanent exhibition tells stories about the lives of Vietnamese women, including the memories and contributions of women during times of war, and while practicing and transferring cultural values. The Museum also frequently organizes activities to further the cause of gender equality. Based on the content of the Museum, the agency selected striking images in order to create three posters with strong, creative messages.

The posters are intended to highlight the key role women played in the country’s labor force during the Vietnam War, with the existential challenge they still face in the workplace and society at large today. By linking the history of Vietnamese women’s empowerment through the Vietnam War with current trends in global media, they delivered provocative statements, using PROPAGANDA-style posters, to attract the attention of both foreigners and Vietnamese. These historical messages are well matched with contemporary life, using headlines developed based on modern memes drawn from global political and media landscapes, such as Facebook, women’s rights, and the ‘Glass Ceiling’ debate. The images used for the three posters in this “travel-through-time” series also hint at a wealth of other visual treasures waiting to be discovered within the museum’s historical photo collection.

The Director of the museum, Ms Nguyễn Thị Bích Vân expressed her gratitude to the agency for its contribution to the museum with the following comments: “The museum preserves the cultural heritage of Vietnamese women, but also strives to educate young and old on the importance of gender equality. The posters express the fearless, unwavering spirit of women and the agency’s creators employed a refreshingly innovative means of delivering social messages through visual design.”

Creative agency: Dentsu Vietnam

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The International Association of Women’s Museums celebrates together with its members International Museum Day: Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.

Every day Women’s Museums around the world are making women’s history visible by telling the untold stories of women. They take an active role in peacefully addressing traumatic histories through mediation, and explore ways to understand the incomprehensible aspects of humanity’s contested histories.

Between 18 and 21 May Women’s Museums will tell their untold stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Make sure not to miss these special stories and follow them on:

IAWM Facebook

IAWM Twitter

IAWM Instagram

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