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In many regions of Uganda, rural women live below the poverty line, and food is scarce. Women must work on farms simply to keep enough food on the table to feed their families.

With the goal of empowering rural women and helping to address these needs, Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE) was founded in 2000 in Kampala. It offered courses to rural women about food security, income generation, health, literacy, and more—critical issues for women in the region, who had few resources available to them.

“The rural women had issues that were inhibiting them from actively participating in their social development,” says Agnes Mirembe, Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment’s current Programs Manager. 

But when the organization began, it had little funding and no international support.

Fast forward to today, 13 years after ARUWE received its first grant from Global Fund for Women in 2004: ARUWE now helps many communities within the central and north-eastern regions of Uganda. In addition to offering trainings on organic sustainability farming and business management, ARUWE teaches the rural women it works with about their rights—health, land, and economic rights.

“Some of the women we are working with have just finished voting election exercises, and we have two that are working on local level councils,” explains Agnes. “There they can represent and talk about the issues that the women are really struggling with. It’s a beautiful thing to have leaders come out of the people that we are working with.”

Learn more about ARUWE’S work


In this virtual exhibition the Girl Museum is asking “What was life like for a girl in the Ancient World?”. Ancient Civilizations are fascinating – the Babylonians, Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Indus Valley, and Maya.  These civilizations flourished between 3000 BCE and 500 CE, and left behind monuments and mysteries that fascinate us today. Yet evidence about young girls in these cultures has been scarce.

In this exhibit, the Girl Museum brings to life Ancient Girls – showing how their daily lives were similar and different, both from each other and from our modern lives.  Join the museum to travel back to these distant cultures, and discover the surprisingly complex lives that girls led.  What you’ll find isn’t in any history book – and may leave you questioning everything you’ve been taught about ancient life.



The Vietnamese Women’s Museum has just released 3 posters with a bold, new, thought-provoking style, thanks to the help of a local creative agency.

The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is a popular attraction in Hanoi. In two consecutive years 2015-2016, the Museum was listed as the best attraction in Vietnam. The permanent exhibition tells stories about the lives of Vietnamese women, including the memories and contributions of women during times of war, and while practicing and transferring cultural values. The Museum also frequently organizes activities to further the cause of gender equality. Based on the content of the Museum, the agency selected striking images in order to create three posters with strong, creative messages.

The posters are intended to highlight the key role women played in the country’s labor force during the Vietnam War, with the existential challenge they still face in the workplace and society at large today. By linking the history of Vietnamese women’s empowerment through the Vietnam War with current trends in global media, they delivered provocative statements, using PROPAGANDA-style posters, to attract the attention of both foreigners and Vietnamese. These historical messages are well matched with contemporary life, using headlines developed based on modern memes drawn from global political and media landscapes, such as Facebook, women’s rights, and the ‘Glass Ceiling’ debate. The images used for the three posters in this “travel-through-time” series also hint at a wealth of other visual treasures waiting to be discovered within the museum’s historical photo collection.

The Director of the museum, Ms Nguyễn Thị Bích Vân expressed her gratitude to the agency for its contribution to the museum with the following comments: “The museum preserves the cultural heritage of Vietnamese women, but also strives to educate young and old on the importance of gender equality. The posters express the fearless, unwavering spirit of women and the agency’s creators employed a refreshingly innovative means of delivering social messages through visual design.”

Creative agency: Dentsu Vietnam



The International Association of Women’s Museums celebrates together with its members International Museum Day: Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.

Every day Women’s Museums around the world are making women’s history visible by telling the untold stories of women. They take an active role in peacefully addressing traumatic histories through mediation, and explore ways to understand the incomprehensible aspects of humanity’s contested histories.

Between 18 and 21 May Women’s Museums will tell their untold stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Make sure not to miss these special stories and follow them on:

IAWM Facebook

IAWM Twitter

IAWM Instagram


Tomorrow on 2nd May the exhibition “Doing Well, Don’t Worry” is opened at the Women and Memory Forum in Giza, Egypt.

This exhibition introduces glimpses into the lives of several women – women, who have worked and moved as doctors, maids, actresses, students, accountants, filmmakers, embroiderers, teachers, tour guides, artists, and as mothers, daughters, mentors and friends. They live in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Denmark, yet their lives invite us to travel across many more spaces, peoples, and times, and inspire us to rethink familiar meanings and assumptions about women, mobility and work.

This exhibition is the result of collaboration between the Women and Memory Forum (EG), Women’s Museum in Denmark (DK), Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute (EG/DK), Anthropology Unit and the Cynthia Nelson Institute from the American University in Cairo (EG), the Tiraz Centre (JO) and the Knowledge Workshop (LE). It could, however, not have been done without the help from students and young professionals in the fields of social sciences, architecture, museums and graphic design who lent their time and passion to the project.


More Information about the exhibition

Website Of the Women and Memory Forum in Giza, Egypt



Exhibition “ausgekocht” in the women’s museum Fürth, Germany

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition “ausgekocht 2017” the women’s museum in Fürth, Germany is organizing two days of conversations around the topic food.

“What do women ask from nutrition today? Cooking seems to be “out-dated” – rarely people are cooking at home, fast meals are replaced by instant meals. International companies push to the kitchen all over the world. Food waste and missing sustainability lead towards malnutrition on the one hand and loss of food souvereignty on the other hand.

At the same time more and more people perceive cooking and eating as pleasure, lifestyle and social responsibility.

We present stories of women from all over the world, who give a special meaning to cooking, eating, participation and community – individually, but with high relevance in society.

They encourage us: We are able to shape the food and agriculture system with many small and big decisions in our cooking pot.”


PDF invitation to the conversations in German: FLYER GESPRÄCHE IM MUSUEM

Website of the WM Fürth with more information in German




“Comfort Women” rally in fron of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul August 2011

The first conference of museums on Japan’s Military “Comfort Women” shows the fundamental role of museums in preserving and uncovering histories for future generations.

In this conference women’s museums together with other museums addressed an important and difficult part of women’s history that is still today denied by the Japanese governmet.

“Comfort women” are called women forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during World War II. The Japanese government has been refusing to acknowledge legal responsibilities for the “comfort women” issue so far.

Our member of the “Women’s active museum on war and peace” took part and sent us the following report of the conference:


The First Conference of Museums on Japan’s Military “Comfort Women” Declaration

The world’s first Conference of Museums on Japan’s Military “Comfort Women” convened in the offending nation of Japan with participation from South Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines and the United States.

When South Korean “Comfort Woman” victim KIM Hak-sun stepped forward on August 14, 1991 to question the responsibility of the Japanese government, a long history of silence was broken. In the years since, the contours of a vast system of sexual slavery operated by the Japanese military extending to virtually every corner of Asian Pacific territory under the control of its invading forces have become clear as the result of additional testimonies from victims who came forward one after another, coupled with steady progress in historical research.

At the center of the movement have always been the victims themselves bravely raising their voices. From these gentle and strong survivors’ painful but courageous testimonies, overcoming the burden of the trauma from the brutal past sexual violence beyond description, we have learned the meaning of human dignity and courage.

We have been putting pressure on the Japanese government to accept responsibility for these grave violation of women’s rights; however, it wants to distort and forget the past history.  In the face of the Japanese government’s campaign to deny the history, the role of museums has become even more crucial not only for the education our next generation of the values of peace and human rights, but also for the recovery of the survivors.

Sprouted since the latter half of the 1990s, the “Comfort Women” museums will preserve the memory of the survivors of the “Comfort Women” victims.   The Conference of Museums on Japan’s Military “Comfort Women” declares that we shall continue to act in solidarity in order to carry forward to create a peaceful world free from war that respects the human rights of women.

April 1, 2017

Adopted at the First Conference of Museums on Japan’s Military “Comfort Women”



The two-day conference was a meeting point for women’s museums from Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. The goal was to enable exchange between women’s museums and experts from related fields.

The conference was organized by the women’s museum Borgo and the association “La Casa di Alice” in collaboration with IAWM, the women’s museum Merano, and “Se non ora quando – Es ist Zeit Alto Adige/Südtirol”. 22 experts with various backgrounds, from museum professionals to experts from the gender and female world, delivered insightful talks about equality and women’s museums. In the evening the godmother of the conference, Maria Concetta Mattei, and others discussed the role of women in the media. On the second day of the congress Astrid Schönweger and Nadia Mazzardis conducted a workshop for women’s museums with the goal to enable exchange and inspiration.

Representatives from Italian women’s museums and initiatives as well as the neighbors from Switzerland, Germany, and Austria came to the conference.


International Women’s Day at the women’s museum of Antalya, Turkey

Antalya, turizm sayesinde Türkiye’nin uluslararası yüzüdür. Antalya dünya buluşmalarına en uygun ve cazip ortamı sunmaktadır.

Antalya binyıllar boyunca ünlü, güçlü ve etkili kadınlar tarihini barındırır: Bugün, dünden geri kalmamalıdır. Antalya en çok göç alan ve en hızlı büyüyen kentlerimizdendir. Bu sağlıksız büyümenin sıkıntıları en çok kadınların ve dolayısıyla çocukların hayatına yansımaktadır. Antalya kozmopolit yapısıyla, geleneksel yapısı arasındaki çatışmaların ve her kesim ve katmandan kadınların fazlasıyla örneklendiği, metropol bir kenttir. Kadınları da toplumsal rollerin etkin çeşitliliğine bağlı olarak sosyal-kültürel çeşitliliğinde de çok zengin bir yelpaze sunmaktadır. Antalya’da hiç küçümsenemeyecek ölçüde, geçmişten günümüze bir kadın hareketi vardır.

Antalya is the international face of Turkey thanks to tourism. Antalya offers the most convenient and attractive environment for international encounters.

Antalya contains a history of famous, powerful and influential women since thousands of years. Today’s achievements shouldn’t be overshadowed by yesterdays. Antalya is one of the fastest growing cities and among the ones that receives the most immigrants. The drawbacks of this unhealthy growth is reflected in the lives of women and hence their children. Cosmopolitan Antalya, with its conflicts between modernity and traditional structures, is a metropolitan city inhabited by women from all walks of life.  Its women offer a rich range of social and cultural diversity, which rests on the bearing of their societal roles. There has been a woman’s movement in Antalya for a considerable time and which shouldn’t be overlooked.

Antalya Kadın Müzesi, bu yıl Dünya Kadınlar Günü kutlamaları için AKRA iş birliği ile farklı bir kutlama geliştirdi.

Antalya Women Museum organized different celebration by cooperating with AKRA for World Women’s Day celebrations.


Antalya Akra Women say :


Dijital dünyanın süratle geliştiği ve sosyal medyanın dünya ile buluşmamızda bu kadar önemli olduğu dikkate alınarak Antalya’nın ve Antalya kadınlarının sesini “AKRA / TEPEDEN” dünyaya biz de duyuracağız. Antalya Antik Çağlardan bugüne kadar kadının hep öne çıktığını ve toplumda önder yerini aldığını görüyoruz. Türk kültüründe de kadının sahip olduğu bu yeri ve değeri biliyoruz. Antalya’nın ve Antalya Kadının ülkemiz dışındaki imajının doğru algılanması için sosyal medyada kullanacağımız mesajları İngilizce olarak da yayınlayacağız.

Taking into consideration that the digital world is developing rapidly and social media is so important to contact the world, we will also hear make of Antalya and Antalya women heard from the “AKRA / TEPEDEN” to the world. We notice that Antalya is a city where women have always been prominent and leading in society from Antiquity to today. We also know the position and the value that women have in Turkish culture. We will also post messages in English that we will use in the social media for the correct perception of Antalya and Antalya Woman’s image for foreign countries.




Bahşedilmiş özel bir güç, tılsımlı bir ışık var başlarında: En yükseklerdeler.

There is a special power, a charming light, bestowed on their heads. They are at the highest places.


Erkek dünyasının erkek koşullarına rağmen başarmışlar.

They have succeeded despite the male conditions of the male world.


Hem anne ve de eş olmuş hem de işlerinde kariyer yapmışlar.

They are both mothers and spouses, as well as successful business women.


İki ayakları üzerinde her daim dimdik durmuşlar: Öz güvenliler.

They are self confident.


Tepeler çıkmanın verdiği bir güç, bir güzellik var aydınlık yüzlerinde.

There is a power and a beauty on their bright faces by climbing up to the hills.


Ve gülümsüyorlar korkusuzca.

And they smile fearlessly.


Sevgililer, saygınlar, inançlılar, uygarlar.

They are beloved, respectable, believers, civilized.


Cumhuriyetin rol modelleri AKRA KADINLAR.

Role models of the Republic AKRA WOMEN


Barbra Reinprecht

Piyanist Pianist

Canan Tungar

Toplum Gönüllüsü Community Volunteer

Çiçek Akbaş

Jinekolog – Sanatçı Gynecologist – Artist

Ebru Manavoğlu

Şehir Plancısı  City Planner

Elif Dağdeviren

Yapımcı UAFF Direktörü Producer Director of UAFF

Gaye Doğanoğlu

Turizmci Tourism Professional

Havva İşkan Işık

Arkeolog – Akademisyen  Archaeologist – Academician

Hülya Bilgin

İnşaat Mühendisi  Civil Engineer

Işık Yargın

Turizmci  Tourism Professional

Kate Clow

Yürüyüş Yolları Eksperti  Trekking Road Expert

Keziban Kan

Girişimci  Entrepreneur

Melike Gül

Bürokrat  Bureaucrat

Nilgün Polat

Dalgıç  Diver

Rojbin Epözdemir

Öğrenci  Student

Sebahat Çevik

Mimar   Architect

Yeliz Gül Ege

Turizmci  Tourism Professional



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