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In the ICOM 2016 General Conference on Museums and Cultural Landscapes IAWM got the chance to present the network of women’s museums, its achievements and goals to an international audience.

One of the central points in the meeting was the relation of museums and human rights. The IAWM presentation focused on our international member museums taking a stand for women’s rights as human rights providing a precious contribution to a peaceful society.

The presentation of IAWM took place within the meeting “The Ethical Museum” organized by the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) and ICOM International Committee on Management (INTERCOM).

This meeting considered the political, social and economic landscapes of museums and the ethical challenges that these might pose. Some of the main issues considered were: what are the implications for managing museums successfully? What obligation does the museum have to its governing body? And to the public? How can a museum code of ethics support museums to resolve some of these conflicts?

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The presentation of the “Antalya Woman of the Year” award took place on the first of February at the Akra Hotel in Antalya.

This year’s presentation of the Prof. Dr. Jale Inan Award was expected with great interest and there were also many representatives of official institutions among the numerous guests. Among them was the deputy governor of Antalya, the mayor and his wife, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and of the Antalya Promotion Foundation, under the auspices of which the Antalya Women’s Museum was founded in 2015.

The day for the award ceremony is always the first of February, the birthday of Prof. Dr. Jale Inan, the first female Archaeologist of Turkey.

She studied in Berlin and Munich because at that time in Turkey it was not possible to study archaeology. In 1947 she became an assistant to Arif Müfid Mansel, the first Ordinary Professor for Classical Archaeology in Turkey, and his successor in 1975. Prof. Dr. Jale Inan was a member of the German and Austrian Archaeological Institute.

Before the award ceremony, a panel discussion took place under the moderation of the well-known entrepreneur and filmmaker Elif Dağdeviren.

Under the theme “To live with women makes life beautiful”, she discussed the role and life of women in Turkey with the guest speaker Iclal Aydin, an actress and author.

Elif Dağdeviren; “The Antalya Women’s Museum is very important for me not just as a woman, but especially as a woman who devotes her life to women’s questions. In Turkey, in Anatolia, on this soil, which is bearing the word “mother” (ana) in the name – it would be impossible not to support such an institution as the Women’s Museum. “

Iclal Aydin underlined the importance of the Antalya Women’s Museum as a platform for strong women in Antalya, who are presented in individual portraits on the website of the virtual museum.

Ms. Yeliz Gül-Ege, vice chairman of the Antalya Women’s Museum, finally announced the decision of the advisory board.

The decision was made on Sibel Önder, a young lawyer. Due to her courage, dedication, empathy and meticulous detective work, 7 years after the rape and murder of the only 16-year-old Sezgi Kırıt the suspects could be arrested. The criminal proceedings are continuing.

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On 29th January at 12 p.m. the Women’s Museum Wiesbaden, Germany is opening the new exhibition of Justine Otto. The artist creates wonderfully surreal and strangely appearing visual imagery and triggers reflections about the big questions of human existence.

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The new temporary exhibition at the Women’s Museum Bonn is telling female history of Protestant Reformation. This year is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The WM Bonn is looking  closely at the stories of many female reformers and follows their path towards equality until today.

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Thank you to Mona Holm, from WM Norway for this article about our congress in Mexico City:

“The International Association of Women’s Museums recently held a congress in Mexico, where Holm from the Women’s Museum in Kongsvinger was reelected (as president) for four years. (…)  

–        There are now 80 women’s museums around the world, and around 30 of them are members of our organization, and this number continues to increase, says Holm.

–        Our vision is to contribute to a better development of our society, and to do so in within a museological perspective.”

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PUBLIC STATEMENT

Within the framework of the 5th International Congress of Women’s Museums, convened by the International Association of Women’s Museums (IAWM) and the Women’s Museum of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which brought together feminist women from various countries in Mexico City, 28 to 30 November 2016.

WE EXPRESS

Our concern because, despite some progress by women in the world, we continue to face the invisibility of our contributions in all fields: social, economic, political, artistic and cultural.

In the  Congress we verified the normalization and naturalization of a patriarchal policy expressed in violence against women, among the most recognized forms are physical, psychological, patrimonial and sexual violence, and among the least recognized forms of violence are seen in the media, epistemic and symbolic. From everyday violence to the most lethal , including femicides, regardless of age, country, ethnic-racial origin or social class.

We believe that the invisibility of women is a form of symbolic violence that the creation of Women’s Museums attempts to confront, since they propose a space to recover the memory, history, struggles and contributions of diverse women, for communication and the sharing of knowledge. It is a political action to strengthen collective consciousness, resistance, vindication and rebellion against the perverse results of hegemonic neoliberal and heteropatriarchal capitalist structures that affect humanity, particularly women and children.

Our demand to make women visible is an act of justice because we are half the population in the world, and most women still remain in conditions of inequality, discrimination and marginalization, and suffer from the effects of racism and religious fundamentalisms.

WE DEMAND

From the governments of our countries, the guarantee of our rights, a decided support policy for opening up and sustaining spaces for the memory and history of women of all peoples, due to the scarce number of existing places, some spaces are at risk of disappearing due to lack of resources and social and institutional support.

From international bodies, to strengthen their action in the areas of their competence at the seriousness of the condition of women, especially those who are in refuge from wars, in contexts of irregular migration, trafficking of people for labor and sexual exploitation, also in situations of daily violence, all expressions that threaten peace and development in all spaces, from families, communities, countries, to the international arena.

We call on countries, agencies, social organizations and civil society to redouble their efforts to ensure the human rights of women, and sustainable development in conditions of substantive equality that guarantee life with the dignity of the people, the peoples, and the planet that inhabits.

Mexico City, November 30, 2016

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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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