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The 5. International Conference of Women’s Museums with the title “Women’s Museums: For a Culture of Equality” took place from 28 until 30 November 2016. The International Association of Women’s Museums, with its office in the women’s museum Meran/o (I), met for three days in Mexico City. Host of the conference was the women’s museum Mexico, which is led by FEMU (Federacion Mexicana de Universitarias AC) and the University of Mexico City.

In the dignified hall of the old Faculty of Medicine, University of Mexico City, the congress was inaugurated by Patricia Galeana, the director of the women’s museum Mexico, the godmother of the congress Patricia Mercado, Secretary of Government Mexico City, and Monica Gonzalez Contro, advocate of the university on behalf of the rector.

Highlight of the inauguration was the award of the first IAWM-prize to the Senegalese director Annette Mbaye D’Erneville. The 90 year old Annette Mbaye d’Erneville has not only founded the first African women’s museum in Senegal, but also inspired others to do the same. Mali and Central Africa followed her example. The Canadian women’s museum was founded by her niece Lydie Olga Ntap. „Tata-Annette“(aunt) or „Mere-bi“(mother), as she is called, shows us how one single woman is able to change the world. As first female journalist in Senegal she advocated throughout her life emancipation of women and democracy in her country.

The statue was created by the Mexican artist and women’s museum woman Glenda Hecksher and the monetary prize of 5000 Euro was donated by the Soroptimist Clubs Vaduz (LI), Zug (CH), Goldes (A), and Meran (I).

After the celebratory opening of the congress the hosts provided a guided tour in the women’s museum, where the rest of the congress took place. Representatives of international women’s museums and women from the University of Mexico City spoke about the significance of women in history, promotion of human rights through women’s museums, socio-political and socio-cultural work of women’s museums in society, and their commitment against gender-violence.

In a workshop various women’s museums presented and discussed best practices and creative solution finding. Throughout the congress it turned out that many women’s museums worldwide are facing similar problems at the moment. Some do not have the necessary financial means, some face a misogynistic society and some have to justify their existence over and over again. Fact is that hardly any cultural institution has to put up with so many adversities and obstacles as women’s museums do.

Letters of support for the momentarily affected women’s museums were written during the congress. The indigenous sociologist Silvia Monzon from Guatemala, who has founded an initiative for a women’s museum, wrote a statement which was signed by all participating museums and will be published on the website and social media of IAWM as soon as possible.

On the last day the general assembly of IAWM took place, where the statutes were modified and the program of the next four years was determined. Also the elections of the new board took place: president of the association remains Mona Holm from Norway. Vice-president is from now on Lydie Olga Ntap (CAN). Other board members are Kye-Hyeong Ki (Korea), Gaby Franger-Huhle (D), Catherine King (USA), Elsa Ballauri (Albania), and Claudia Mandel (Costa Rica). Sissi Prader (I) is co-opted as treasurer.

The congress takes place every four years. Last time IAWM met in Alice Springs (Australia) in 2012. The 6th International Congress of Women’s Museums of IAWM will be 2020 at the women’s museums Hittisau (Austria).

View congress program in PDF file

View congress pictures on flickr

Congress report in German of DAY1 and DAY2

Congress report from Ukraine

Congress report from Canada

Congress report from Norway

 

 

 

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The network womeninmuseum is a loose union of Women’s Museums, initiatives and museums dedicated to women.
There are 50 women’s and gender museums and 14 women’s museums initiatives in different countries nowadays. These museums are very important for gender informing and education of people, for improving of role women in society, for implementation of equal rights and opportunities. The activities of these museums are quite various. They support different women’s art, tell the history of women of their country and support scientific projects. But information about their acitivity is unknown for the wide public. Today some of these museums began to consolidate their efforts and look for the possibilities of cooperation and interaction.

The network was created at the 1st International Women’s Museums Congress in June 2008 in Merano, during which the institutions passed a resolution encapsulating the concept of the «Women’s Museum» and defining their common objectives.

The network womeninmuseum its tasks as follows:
  • to increase the visibility and acceptance of Women’s Museums
  • to actively support each other
  • to make use of the internet plattform in order to push ahead the work of network
The whole resolution you can read and download here.
In September of 2009 the second International Congress of Women’s museums took place (Bonn, Frauenmuseum). 18 projects of women’s museum from different countries were represented. The printed catalogue of these projects was published by Frauenmuseum. It was very useful for all participants of Congress for their further activity.
The next step – the third International Congress of Women’s museum took place in Argentina, Buenos Aires, 2010 and we decided to found an international organisation 2012 and want to have an afiliated membership with ICOM.
In the meantime a global coordination committee was founded, with delegates from each continent.
Coordinator: Astrid Schönweger, Merano

 

 
From Australia: Helen Jaraslafsky, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame/Australia
From Africa: Omima Mustafa, Sudanes Women’s Museum, Omdurman/Sudan and Rachel Mamba, Musée de la Femme Central Africa
From Asia: Heaseung Kim, feminist art group (association which presently runs the Women’s History Exhibition Hall/Seoul Korea)
 
From South America: Graciela Tejero Coni, Museo de la Mujer, Buenos Aires/Argentina
From North America: Catherine King, San Francisco, USA

 

 
From Europe: Bettina Bab, Women’s Museum, Bonn/Germany

If you have news regarding the network or you need further informations, please contact: info@womeninmuseum.net

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The network womeninmuseum is a loose union of Women’s Museums, initiatives and museums dedicated to women.
There are 50 women’s and gender museums and 14 women’s museums initiatives in different countries nowadays. These museums are very important for gender informing and education of people, for improving of role women in society, for implementation of equal rights and opportunities. The activities of these museums are quite various. They support different women’s art, tell the history of women of their country and support scientific projects. But information about their acitivity is unknown for the wide public. Today some of these museums began to consolidate their efforts and look for the possibilities of cooperation and interaction.

The network was created at the 1st International Women’s Museums Congress in June 2008 in Merano, during which the institutions passed a resolution encapsulating the concept of the «Women’s Museum» and defining their common objectives.

The network womeninmuseum its tasks as follows:
  • to increase the visibility and acceptance of Women’s Museums
  • to actively support each other
  • to make use of the internet plattform in order to push ahead the work of network
The whole resolution you can read and download here.
In September of 2009 the second International Congress of Women’s museums took place (Bonn, Frauenmuseum). 18 projects of women’s museum from different countries were represented. The printed catalogue of these projects was published by Frauenmuseum. It was very useful for all participants of Congress for their further activity.
The next step – the third International Congress of Women’s museum took place in Argentina, Buenos Aires, 2010 and we decided to found an international organisation 2012 and want to have an afiliated membership with ICOM.
In the meantime a global coordination committee was founded, with delegates from each continent.
Coordinator: Astrid Schönweger, Merano

 

 
From Australia: Helen Jaraslafsky, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame/Australia
From Africa: Omima Mustafa, Sudanes Women’s Museum, Omdurman/Sudan and Rachel Mamba, Musée de la Femme Central Africa
From Asia: Heaseung Kim, feminist art group (association which presently runs the Women’s History Exhibition Hall/Seoul Korea)
 
From South America: Graciela Tejero Coni, Museo de la Mujer, Buenos Aires/Argentina
From North America: Catherine King, San Francisco, USA

 

 
From Europe: Bettina Bab, Women’s Museum, Bonn/Germany

If you have news regarding the network or you need further informations, please contact: info@womeninmuseum.net

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The network womeninmuseum is a loose union of Women’s Museums, initiatives and museums dedicated to women.
There are 50 women’s and gender museums and 14 women’s museums initiatives in different countries nowadays. These museums are very important for gender informing and education of people, for improving of role women in society, for implementation of equal rights and opportunities. The activities of these museums are quite various. They support different women’s art, tell the history of women of their country and support scientific projects. But information about their acitivity is unknown for the wide public. Today some of these museums began to consolidate their efforts and look for the possibilities of cooperation and interaction.

The network was created at the 1st International Women’s Museums Congress in June 2008 in Merano, during which the institutions passed a resolution encapsulating the concept of the «Women’s Museum» and defining their common objectives.

The network womeninmuseum its tasks as follows:
  • to increase the visibility and acceptance of Women’s Museums
  • to actively support each other
  • to make use of the internet plattform in order to push ahead the work of network
The whole resolution you can read and download here.
In September of 2009 the second International Congress of Women’s museums took place (Bonn, Frauenmuseum). 18 projects of women’s museum from different countries were represented. The printed catalogue of these projects was published by Frauenmuseum. It was very useful for all participants of Congress for their further activity.
The next step – the third International Congress of Women’s museum took place in Argentina, Buenos Aires, 2010 and we decided to found an international organisation 2012 and want to have an afiliated membership with ICOM.
In the meantime a global coordination committee was founded, with delegates from each continent.
Coordinator: Astrid Schönweger, Merano

 

 
From Australia: Helen Jaraslafsky, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame/Australia
From Africa: Omima Mustafa, Sudanes Women’s Museum, Omdurman/Sudan and Rachel Mamba, Musée de la Femme Central Africa
From Asia: Heaseung Kim, feminist art group (association which presently runs the Women’s History Exhibition Hall/Seoul Korea)
 
From South America: Graciela Tejero Coni, Museo de la Mujer, Buenos Aires/Argentina
From North America: Catherine King, San Francisco, USA

 

 
From Europe: Bettina Bab, Women’s Museum, Bonn/Germany

If you have news regarding the network or you need further informations, please contact: info@womeninmuseum.net

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IAWM – the International Association of Women’s Museums is a association created 2012 in Alice Springs, Australia, at the 4rd International Congress of Women’s Museums. The registred office is in Bonn, Germany.
There are over 70 women’s and gender museums and women’s museums initiatives in different countries nowadays.
 
These museums are very important
  • for gender informing and
  • education of people,
  • for improving of role women in society,
  • for implementation of equal rights and opportunities.

The activities of these museums are quite various:

  • They support different women’s art,
  • tell the history of women of their country and
  • support scientific projects.

But information about their acitivity is unknown for the wide public. Today some of these museums began to consolidate their efforts and look for the possibilities of cooperation and interaction.

The network was created at the 1st International Women’s Museums Congress in June 2008 in Merano, during which the institutions passed a resolution encapsulating the concept of the «Women’s Museum» and defining their common objectives.

The network womeninmuseum its tasks as follows:
  • to increase the visibility and acceptance of Women’s Museums
  • to actively support each other
  • to make use of the internet plattform in order to push ahead the work of network

The following meetings were:

  • In September of 2009 in Bonn, Germany
  • In May of 2010 in Bueons Aires, Argentina,
  • In May of 2012 in Alice Springs, Australia. There was founded the IAWM – The International Association of Women’s Museums.


Chair Woman: Bettina Bab, Women’s Museum, Bonn/Germany.

Coordinator: Astrid Schönweger, Merano

If you have news regarding the network or you need further informations, please contact: info@womeninmuseum.net

You want to be part of IAWM? Please click here for more information to become a member!

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“The Women Are The Ones Who Write The History
Of The World! There Has To Be A Women’s Museum
In Every Country Of This World”. Shirin Ebadi

 

Women’s and gender museums are a mirror of society and social change. They show the roles of women worldwide and their living circumstances from a political, cultural, artistic, economic and social point of view. They present women’s cultures from the past and present time and are committed to delivering a gender-democratic future.
Today there are more than 50 women’s museums worldwide represented on all continents. Groups in fifteen countries have announced that they wish to found a new women’s museum. It is time to get united. We invite you to join us. Group and individual memberships are available.

The main objectives of the Association are:

1. Exchange, network, global co-operation of the Women’s Museums, and mutual support. We want to affirm female solidarity by affirming women’s rights.

2. To promote women’s and gender museums and to stand united for the advocacy of gender-democratic societies. Women’s museums are important for women’s education, empowerment and self-confidence. They provide awareness training, possibilities for independent actions and tools to overcome discrimination.

3. To achieve international recognition in the world of museums and to strengthen the acceptance of women’s museums worldwide. It aims to advocate for necessary support (such as staff and finances) for museums within the Association.

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“The Women Are The Ones Who Write The History
Of The World! There Has To Be A Women’s Museum
In Every Country Of This World”. Shirin Ebadi

 

Women’s and gender museums are a mirror of society and social change. They show the roles of women worldwide and their living circumstances from a political, cultural, artistic, economic and social point of view. They present women’s cultures from the past and present time and are committed to delivering a gender-democratic future.
Today there are more than 50 women’s museums worldwide represented on all continents. Groups in fifteen countries have announced that they wish to found a new women’s museum. It is time to get united. We invite you to join us. Group and individual memberships are available.

The main objectives of the Association are:

1. Exchange, network, global co-operation of the Women’s Museums, and mutual support. We want to affirm female solidarity by affirming women’s rights.

2. To promote women’s and gender museums and to stand united for the advocacy of gender-democratic societies. Women’s museums are important for women’s education, empowerment and self-confidence. They provide awareness training, possibilities for independent actions and tools to overcome discrimination.

3. To achieve international recognition in the world of museums and to strengthen the acceptance of women’s museums worldwide. It aims to advocate for necessary support (such as staff and finances) for museums within the Association.

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“The Women Are The Ones Who Write The History
Of The World! There Has To Be A Women’s Museum
In Every Country Of This World”. Shirin Ebadi

 

Women’s and gender museums are a mirror of society and social change. They show the roles of women worldwide and their living circumstances from a political, cultural, artistic, economic and social point of view. They present women’s cultures from the past and present time and are committed to delivering a gender-democratic future.
Today there are more than 50 women’s museums worldwide represented on all continents. Groups in fifteen countries have announced that they wish to found a new women’s museum. It is time to get united. We invite you to join us. Group and individual memberships are available.

The main objectives of the Association are:

1. Exchange, network, global co-operation of the Women’s Museums, and mutual support. We want to affirm female solidarity by affirming women’s rights.

2. To promote women’s and gender museums and to stand united for the advocacy of gender-democratic societies. Women’s museums are important for women’s education, empowerment and self-confidence. They provide awareness training, possibilities for independent actions and tools to overcome discrimination.

3. To achieve international recognition in the world of museums and to strengthen the acceptance of women’s museums worldwide. It aims to advocate for necessary support (such as staff and finances) for museums within the Association.

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“The Women Are The Ones Who Write The History
Of The World! There Has To Be A Women’s Museum
In Every Country Of This World”. Shirin Ebadi

 

Women’s and gender museums are a mirror of society and social change. They show the roles of women worldwide and their living circumstances from a political, cultural, artistic, economic and social point of view. They present women’s cultures from the past and present time and are committed to delivering a gender-democratic future.
Today there are more than 50 women’s museums worldwide represented on all continents. Groups in fifteen countries have announced that they wish to found a new women’s museum. It is time to get united. We invite you to join us. Group and individual memberships are available.

The main objectives of the Association are:

1. Exchange, network, global co-operation of the Women’s Museums, and mutual support. We want to affirm female solidarity by affirming women’s rights.

2. To promote women’s and gender museums and to stand united for the advocacy of gender-democratic societies. Women’s museums are important for women’s education, empowerment and self-confidence. They provide awareness training, possibilities for independent actions and tools to overcome discrimination.

3. To achieve international recognition in the world of museums and to strengthen the acceptance of women’s museums worldwide. It aims to advocate for necessary support (such as staff and finances) for museums within the Association.

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