Last Saturday the Frauenmuseum Hittisau, Austria opened the exhibition “birth culture. giving birth and being born”.
This exhibition is embedded in the EU project Birth Cultures in which other women’s museums and initiatives of IAWM are involved. It will therefore also travel to the Ukraine, Barcelona and Merano (Italy). Continue reading →
Altogether there are 9 so called ‘comfort women’s – museums in the Asian-Pacific- area. One was founded in Japan, the country of the perpetrators; the others are located in countries attacked by the Japanese: in Korea, The Philippines, China and Taiwan. In the Taiwanese capital Taipei I visited the third ‘comfort women’s’ museum on my trip. Luckily my accommodation was both situated in walking distance to the second oldest district of the Taipei, Datong, with its sights and to the women’s museum. On my sightseeing walk through this quarter I run into the Dadaocheng Wharf, the Chen-Tian-Iai-Residence -a beautiful mansion of a former tea trader, the Lin-Liu-Hsin-Puppet- Theater-Museum and the Xiahai City God Temple – one of the most important religious sights of Taipei. The temple area is always a very vivid spot where you can watch believers sacrificing and praying by following special ceremonies. Sightseeing combined with shopping and a visit to the women’s museum – you get it all in Dihua-Street, which is famous for its well preserved historical buildings, its traditional shops and – last but not least – the women`s museum. While taking a stroll my eyes and my nose were especially triggered there. I was wondering about the various and many times strange-looking products offered. From time to time a terrific smell was irritating my nose: different sorts of mushrooms, dried fish, snails, root-like objects, nuts, dried herbs, medicinal plants and spices. With all these impressions I finally stumbled into the AMA-Museum.
AMA – Museum
No 256, Section 1, Dihua-Street
Taipei City 10347, TAIWAN
The International Association of Women‘s Museums supports the public release of the Women’s Museum Chile:
The Museum of Women – Chile expresses its support and sorority with the “Las Tesis” Collective, which is being the object of unfounded accusations and political persecution by the Carabineros de Chile. Continue reading →
The Mexican Federation of University Women (FEMU) and Mexico City’s Women’s Museum (MMM) organized a cycle of Virtual Seminars to explain COVID-19 effects on society, specifically on girls and women. These seminars took place from 18th to 22nd May, and 5 specialist from FEMU participated, in each sesión we host almost 100 participants via Zoom and more than 200 via facebook. During addressed the problem of the current pandemic through a gender perspective.
After three months of closure, the Women’s Museum in Meran opened its doors again this week. It was a great pleasure for the museum team to welcome the first visitors and to present the news.
The new permanent exhibition
New permanent exhibition at the Women’s Museum of Merano
At the beginning of the year the time had come to renew the permanent exhibition at the Women’s Museum. A new concept had been developed and the exhibition was built with new objects and updated narratives. When it was finally ready and the museum team was enthusiastic to present it to the public, the museum had to close it’s doors due to Corona. So the official opening of the new permanent exhibition had to be postponed to autumn, however it can already be seen by the visitors of the museum. Continue reading →
Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, X’ian, Beijing – these were the hotspots of women’s history on my trip to Asia in autumn 2019: six women’s museums in 3 or 4 countries (depending on your political attitude towards Taiwan – is it a part of China or an independant country?).
In this blog I will concentrate on three museums that deal with a topic that was not well known by me before – the socalled ‘comfort women & comfort stations’. These terms relate to the war crimes committed by the Japanese military. Thousands of women were forced to work as prostitutes during Japan’s invasion in the Asian-Pacific-region during the 20th century. Continue reading →
All over the world museums participate with content and events. This year ICOM has selected a theme that is very close to the heart of many women’s museums: Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion. IAWM members will participate by posting articles, reflections, videos, art positions, and images on social media with the Hashtags #imd2020 and #womensmuseumsforequality.
In times when many museums worldwide are forced to keep their doors shut, we invite you to engage with exhibitions and collections of women’s museums virtually. On this blog we will share with you online exhibitions or virtual views into our member museums worldwide.