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On Friday, 14 September the Musée de la Femme de Marrakech opened its doors for the first time to the public. We would like to congratulate the whole museum team to this wonderful work!

The opening exhibition is a huge success. It is called “Rural Women, Artist Women” and is a homage to the rural women across Morocco. The exhibition shows different objects from the daily life of rural women: costumes, carpets, jewellery, accessory, painting, photography, contemporary art…



Board member of IAWM, Gaby Franger, has participated in the conference Women and Peace. Using the arts to communicate across the cultures in the Georgian Republic. After one week of work the participants of 12 countires presented their results in the Georgian parliament and read the following declaration:

Declaration of the International Conference on Women and Peace:
Using the Arts to Communicate Across Cultures
Kobuleti / Tbilisi 2018

The International Conference on Women and Peace: Using the Arts to Communicate Across Cultures held in Kobuleti Georgia was historic. It assembled women artists and peace activists from 15 countries in Adjara Autonomous Republic situated on the Black Sea. The focus of the conference was on peace building to highlight women`s contributions in the field of art such as theater, music, dance and visual arts.

I was born to paint. I am using bright colours so people feel good. My role in peace building is still so small. I am teaching poor children to paint because I think that if children grow up with art they will be kind persons and will have a healthy society where people will live in peace. (Salome Batlidze, Georgia)

Cutting is destroying, and stitching is healing. This is the work with the textiles. “Living Fabrics” brings all these threads together to unite people, cultures, social groups, religions and nations. (Nesa Gschwend, Switzerland)

As a women’s museum we are weaving and stitching together, the powerful testimonies of resistance, dialogue and struggle of women for peace and justice (Gaby Franger, Museum of Women’s Cultures Regional- International, Germany)

I use my dance based on inspiring stories like Gandhi, Buddha, and use the body movements to make women stand erect with open chest, which gives them joy and confidence. (Gauri Kulkani, EKTA KALA MANCH, India)

I formed Theatre of Transformation Academy with grassroots woman leaders from diverse continents with whom I had worked as a peace builder. We spread their courageous testimonies through art, as a political and educational methodology to ignite personal and political transformation. (Rama Mani, India and France)

My theatre performance gave voices to the women from my region  Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Kosovo, who lived through wars, rapes, losing their dearest ones. We performed in theatres, at city squares, in the buses, on the streets. (Dijana MIlosèvic, Serbia).

I am a filmmaker from Iran and I address the existing political and social issues in my works. It’s my way of expressing resistance and moving towards peace building. (Mahshad Afshar Iran/UK)

Georgia was chosen as a location for this event because of its complex history where women artists and activists have creatively opened the space to peace building and conflict resolution for more than 20 years. It was unique that women from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia (including Abkhazia) interacted and gave their voice to regional peace.

In a world wracked by the rising tide of gender biased exclusion, racism, human trafficking, displacement, violence, border conflicts, war, impoverishment, ecological disasters and other forms of human made destruction, women have shown the power of art and creativity to transform our communities.

Over the seven days of this conference women built on existing grassroots women’s non-violent actions for social change, adding to and enhancing existing movements in South Caucasus countries and internationally. Also it draws attention to earlier women’s meetings — India October 2016, Philippines March 2017 and the building towards an international nonviolent campaign for justice and peace, Jai Jagat 2020. (www.jaijagat2020.org)

Jai Jagat (wellbeing for all) is a major step to strengthen collaboration among women in enhancing their leadership role. The women considered the importance of eliminating poverty, promoting social inclusion, fostering environmental protection and regeneration, and resolving conflict.

With this in view the participants of this conference saw the significance in networking with women’s organizations around the world. #Women Seriously plans to join this campaign to form Women’s Peace Tables as a means to broaden women’s support worldwide.

We participants of this International Conference stand for:

  • The fundamental dignity of each person
  • The human right to live in peace
  • Women’s crucial role in peace-building

Therefore, we are committed to nonviolence and to expand solidarity among national and international partners to promote social and ecological justice, and to work towards a secure and peaceful world.

Kobuleti (Georgia)  September 2018


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Kazakh State Women’s Teacher Training University is one of the country’s distinctive universities. Founded in 1944, a difficult year for the country, today the university is bearer of knowledge, culture and values. More than 6,500 girls are educated and trained here, who have determined their life’s work to the profession of the teacher.

The Historical and Ethnographical Museum «Aktumar» («White Amulet») was founded in 2002 and functions in accordance with the State Program “Cultural Heritage”. It aims to form a national outlook of Kazakh women, create sense of national purpose and patriotism among students, and promote the historical path of the university.   Continue reading

The exhibition “On the skin” will be opened at the Women’s Museum in Meran, Italy on 7th September.
The art and practice of tattooing can be found all over the world. It is a global cultural phenomenon. Tattoo culture is still practiced on every continent up until today.
“On the skin” is an ethnographic photography series about the custom and culture of facial tattoos of the Chin-women in the mountains of Burma.
The photographer, Paola Marcello, produced this photo-series in a remote mountain area. She witnessed and documented this acient custom, which soon will be extinct. This large-seized portrait-serives is a tribute to the beauty, the story, the courage and dignity of these women.
Curated by Luca Chistè, photographer and curator from Trento.

The Frauenmuseum Wiesbaden is opening the exhibition ‘The art of remembrance. Alice Salomon (1872-1948)‘ 2. September 2018 — 10. February 2019

Exiled from Germany in 1937, Alice Salomon died in New York, alone, in August 1948. The same year in December, Swiss artist DESSA (Deborah Sharon Abeles) was born in Southern Rhodesia, today Zimbabwe.
Who was Alice Salomon? Social reformer, educator, feminist, economist and peace activist, Alice Salomon founded the Social School for Women in Berlin in 1908. Only recently did the artist herself learn about the intensive life and achievements of this extraordinary woman pioneer to whom we owe so much. The more the artist read and learned about Alice Salomon, the more parallels and echoes between their personal and international lives came to light.
DESSA revives our collective memory. She uses various techniques to create a tangible approach to Alice Salomon’s life: paintings, collages, objects, installations and an imaginary conversation together form a thorough narrative. The frauen museum wiesbaden presents this exhibition for the first time to coincide with 70 years since Alice Salomon’s death.
A book published by Verlag Hentrich & Hentrich accompanies the exhibition.

DESSA lives and works in Berlin and in Pully, Switzerland.


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The Girl Museum has been operating as a virtual museum for the last 10 years and has grown to be a world-class producer of exhibitions, collaborative projects, podcasts, and other media that document, preserve, and advocate for girls’ unique culture and rights around the world. The museum is led by an all-volunteer Senior Staff and provides numerous internship and volunteer opportunities.

Up until now the museum has been financed through infrequent fundraisers and one-time donations. This has been fine for the last 10 years, but now the museum decided to create a sustainable plan for the future: Girl Museum Sisterhood. Find out more about the program here.

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