Konubokastofan (The women’s book room) was founded by Rannveig Anna Jonsdottir and officially established as a non-profit entity on April 25 2013.
Anna conceived the idea for Konubokastofa while studying Icelandic literature at the University of Iceland. Helga Kress, a professor at the University, and Anna’s mentor, brought to her students’ attention the large amount of books, written by Icelandic women authors, that were out of print, obscure or difficult to obtain.
Many years later after post graduate studies in Denmark, ¨raising two daughters, and a lot of work collecting books, applying for grants and gathering interest from readers, writers and the community, Anna’s idea was brought to fruition. Continue reading
At the end of the First World War, Virginia Gildersleeve, Dean of Barnard College, Caroline Spurgeon, professor of the University of London and Rose Sidgwick of the University of Birmingham decided to create a world organization that united university women, in order to avoid another war, this was the origin of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).
In 2015, IFUW changed its name to Graduate Women International (GWI) in order to attract a larger number of members. GWI fights for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education, and training for the highest levels of leadership. GWI seeks that 100% of girls and women in the world have a higher education than elementary. Currently, GWI has national affiliated associations in 60 countries and individual associates in other 40 and is a consultative body of the UN.
After its re-foundation, the Mexican Federation of University Women (FEMU) joined IFUW in 1992, during the XXIV Triennial Conference of the IFUW in Palo Alto, California, although previously it had already been part of this Federation in 1927.
FEMU is proud to belong to this network of women who fight for a world of equality and peace where everyone has access to education and contributes to the integral development of peoples.
Frauen in der Einen Welt – Women in One World
Museum Frauenkultur Regional – International Museum Women’s Cultures Regional – International, Fürth, Burgfarrnbach
invites to the
International Dialogues in the Museum: One World: Resistance Art for Peace and Development June 21- June 23, 2019.
The conference takes place in the romantic castle Schloss Burgfarrnbach, the home of our Museum of Women’s Cultures Regional – International, which is situated in the stables of Schloss Burgfarrnbach.
We invited nine artists, scientists and activists from Egypt, Guatemala, Iran, Japon, North Ireland, Peru, Serbia, Switzerland and Wales to give lectures, have group discussions and workshops.
The conference languages are English and German with simultanious translation in the lectures.
There is no fee. Meals are included. We can help with finding accommodation.
In 2015 Marianne Wimmer from Austria had an idea: She wanted to be the first woman to visit all the women’s museums in the world. She did not loose much time, and started her visits in women’s museums around the world. In a series of articles here on this platform she will tell us about her experiences, starting with this one:
(The articles of Marianne Wimmer will soon be available also in German on the blog of the Women’s Museum Meran: www.ichfrau.com.
“Did you know that there are 66 women`s museums in the world?”, my friend Resi asked me, while visiting the women’s museum in Merano, Italy. In this very moment the idea popped up in my mind: “Hey, and you will visit them all, as the first woman in the world!” Immediately I knew: This will be my project for retirement.
At that time (summer, 2015) my friend and I were on a bicycle trip along the river “Etsch”. We both like the combination of nature, workout and cultural activities. Our (bike-) trips are mainly consisting of these ingredients. Now, with the new idea in my baggage I ideally can combine my love for travelling and the one to go deeply into a special materia, especially if it deals with feminism.
And soon there would be more time to deal with it. Only one more year separated me from translating the idea into action.
Marianne on her bicycle tour along the river Etsch
Ayse Gül Altinay, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Center at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, was one of the cooperation partners of Women’s Museum Istanbul to organise the the first Asian and European conference of women’s museums “Feminist Pedagogy: Museums, Memory Sites, Practices of Remembrance” in Istanbul in October 2018.
She was sentenced to 25 months in prison earlier this week. She is one of over 1200 Academics for Peace who three years ago signed a statement “We will not be a party to this crime” appealing for an end to violent state-sponsored persecution of Kurdish citizens of Turkey. In this, her fourth, judicial hearing, Altinay was charged with “willingly and knowingly supporting a terrorist organization as a non-member.
International Association of Women’s Museums, IAWM stand in solidarity for Ayse Gul Altinay and presently, in Turkey 700 signatories of the statement “We will not be a party to this crime” have been or are still on trial. They all need our support.
Conversation with astrophysicist Konstanze Zwintz, the philosopher Marie-Luisa Frick and the sociologist Kristina Stöckl
Marie-Luisa Frick, Kristina Stöckl, Konstanze Zwintz
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7 pm
An event in cooperation with the University of Innsbruck
On the occasion of its 350th anniversary the University of Innsbruck presents itself in Vorarlberg with the twelve-part series of events “Researchers up close”. The Frauenmuseum Hittisau discusses women in science.
What motivates women scientists, what fascinates them about their field and how do women who are committed to science think?
Stefania Pitscheider Soraperra, director of the Women’s Museum Hittisau, talks with three scientists from the University of Innsbruck: astrophysicist Konstanze Zwintz, philosopher Marie-Luisa Frick and sociologist Kristina Stöckl. The discussion will focus on personal and societal challenges, but also on how women organize their everyday lives as scientists and the significance of gender roles in science.
Image: Maria-Luisa Frick, Kristina Stöckl and Konstanze Zwintz
On the occasion of today’s International Museum Day, IAWM calls to end the repression against academics who have worked for peace and social understanding in Turkey!
On the occasion of today’s International Museum Day, the International Association of Women’s Museums (IAWM) is calling to end the repression against academics who have worked for peace and social understanding in Turkey. Since 2016, several hundred academics in Turkey have wrongly lost their jobs; many are on remand or have been sentenced to prison terms. IAWM demands that those detained be released and all of them can return to their jobs in order to continue their work.
The theme of this year’s International Museum Day is “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition”. Women’s museums around the world are working as Cultural Hubs, preserving history and passing on traditions to the next generations. An indispensable pillar of women’s museums is the work of academics, without whose work as researchers the museums cannot perform their function of preserving and mediating tradition. Women’s rights and dealing with their history are the basis of a society that is growing towards a happy and successful future.For this reason, IAWM calls for ending all repressions against academics who have worked for peace and social understanding in Turkey.
For more information from the Turkish Human Rights Foundation see: