The Women and Memory Forum (WMF) was founded as a feminist non-governmental organization in 1995. Conceptualized as an organization whose aim is to focus on gender and women’s studies, the emphasis is placed on searching for and making available alternative cultural knowledge about women and gender in history as well as in contemporary society. In addition to housing a specialized library containing rare publications and private collections of pioneering Egyptian women, the WMF has an extensive archive of women’s oral history.
The WMF is currently working towards establishing a women’s museum in Egypt. This initiative was first materialized in WMF’s first exhibition The Private Papers of Wedad Mitri: A Pioneering Unionist, opened in Cairo in 2015. This exhibition was followed by another archival exhibition The Life and Work of Hawa Idris, opened in Cairo in 2017. Afterwards, the WMF, in collaboration with several international and regional partners, opened the exhibition Doing Well. Don’t Worry: Short Tales of Women’s Work and Mobility in Cairo in May 2017 and in Beirut in December 2017. By displaying women’s objects, images, oral histories and audio-visual materials, WMF exhibitions seek to make women’s stories accessible to wider audiences. WMF exhibitions aim at presenting feminist narratives that would potentially strengthen women’s rights movements, raise awareness and inspire individuals.