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In Kongsvinger, home city of the Norwegian Women’s Museum, the International Women’s Day is celebrated over several days, with events ranging from feminist themed pub quizzes and self defense classes to talks and debates about body issues. The Women’s Museum shows an exhibition of artworks made by the inmates of the women’s prison in Kongsvinger.

On the 8th of March, people of all genders and walks of life gathers in the city square at 18.00 and marches with banners and flags through the city and up to the museum, led by Kongsvinger’s all-women’s percussion orchestra Drum Ladies. This year, we march under the banner “FIGHT AGAINST ALL OPPRESSION OF WOMEN”, as well as banners saying “Hands off our abortion laws!”, “Religious freedom for the women of the world”, “Education for women is victory for the world”, “Minority women: – See us, hear us, employ us!”, “Protect women refugees!”, “Stop rape as a weapon of war and conflict!”, “We are not birthing machines! No to express maternity wards!”, “Defend the three-part parental leave”, “Trans women are women!” and “Wage equality leads to gender equality”.

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Mobile exhibition: SAFE journey

Safe journey is a mobile exhibition designed in the shape of a portable cart sharing three main topics: Safe or unsafe; Safety empowers me and Continued safe journey. The mobile exhibition invites viewers to reflect on the dangers in public places and how this affects the safety of women and girls. Firsthand accounts, as presented in the exhibition, highlight obstacles to safety including social norms and attitudes, public transportation and quality of infrastructure; passive bystanders; and unsafe destinations. The exhibition calls on the public to join hands and demand a safe city, providing women and girls safe public places free from discrimination and gender based violence. The exhibition will travel around the city and continue collecting stories from people with a focus on four strong messages: #Self esteem; #Agency; #Freedom; #Empowerment for women and girls.

Ceremony of donation of documents from Lawyer Nancy Hollander – member of American delegation attending a meeting between American women and Vietnamese women in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1965

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The Enciclopedia delle Donne celebrates March 8 (and its ninth birthday) in Rome!

Also this year they participate in the Women’s Book Fair, which is held in Rome at the Casa Internazionale delle Donne.

They will present their books and their activities and projects in progress.

The Enciclopedia delle Donne also organizes two presentations:

Saturday 9 March 2.00 pm UDI Hall

Valeria Palumbo presents her new book: Veronica Franco. The courtesan poet of the Venetian Renaissance

Sunday 10 March 12:00 am Sala Ingargiola

Girls in ’68, curated by the Badaracco Foundation. Conversation with Donatella Barazzetti, Franca Fossati, Marina Piazza and other authors of the volume.


Exhibition opening

Facing the forgetfulness. Claiming social struggles and achievements of feminism

On March 5th, the Museo de la Mujer in Mexico City will inaugurate the temporary exhibition “Facing the forgetfulness. Claiming social struggles and achievements of feminism”(Enfrentando la desmemoria. Reivindicando las luchas sociales y los logros del feminismo). It is composed by works of 32 artists from different countries (such as Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, France, Poland and Russia), and it is dedicated to women who have been victims of violence and to those who have fought for the feminism struggles.

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Inauguración/ Opening: martes 5 de marzo de 2019, 20 h.
Zurbano 46, Madrid

Image: Shigeko Kubota, Vagina Painting, 1965

HERSTORYMUSEUM is an imaginary museum that, through its collection and curatorial program, develops a rhizomatic and non-hierarchical narrative on women creators of the 20th century. Its collection is composed by images based on a visual language close to the pictogram.

FLUXUS FEMINIS, the exhibition I will be presenting at Freijo Gallery as part of the LZ46 program, offers a view of the women artists linked to the FLUXUS movement of the 60s and early 70s. Artists who worked in the field of performance, dance, sound art and other experimental languages.

HERSTORYMUSEUM es un museo imaginario que, a través de su colección y un programa curatorial, desarrolla una narrativa rizomática y desjerarquizada de las mujeres creadoras del siglo XX. Sus fondos están compuestos por imágenes basadas en un lenguaje visual próximo al pictograma.

FLUXUS FEMINIS, la exposición que se presenta en la Galería Freijo como parte del programa LZ46, hace un recorrido por las artistas vinculadas al movimiento FLUXUS de los años 60 y principios de los 70, que trabajaron en el campo de la performance, la danza, el arte sonoro y otros lenguajes experimentales.


On January 5th, Senator Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria presented at the Women’s Museum the conference “Human Rights and Political violence”. He was accompanied by Dr. Gabriela del Valle, Vice President of National Affairs of FEMU and Dr. Guadalupe Valdés, member of our federation.

During his presentation, he gave a historical account of the struggle of the women for their political rights, from Olympe de Gouges in the French Revolution, until the Convention against all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

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Antalya Women Museum which is founded under the Antalya Promotion Foundation had a bicycle riding with the theme “Awareness Riding” to drive the attention of the women and the children to the historical artifacts. This event took place during the Akra Grand Fondo in Antalya. With this event Antalya Women Museum drives the attention of the families with their children to the ancient and historical sites to be well kept for the future generations. This “Awareness Ridings” will continue with the Antalya Grand Fondo at the coming years with new themes.


From 25th to 27th January 2019 the initiative for a women’s museum in Canada, represented through Darlene Clover, Nancy Taber, and Kathy Sanford, invited the coordinator of IAWM to the workshop in Lisbon:

Feminists and feminisms in museums and art galleries:

International knowledge exchange and engagement with common research issues

It was the goal of the workshop to present and discuss research ideas and findings, which are still in progress.


Emilia Ferreira (Portugal) – Welcome to Portugal and NMCA

The host of the workshop Emilia Ferreira, director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon gave us a warm welcome. In the opening notice she explained very clearly what it means to be a feminist director of a national museum. Especially of a national museum with a special status, because it was one of the first museums of contemporary art in the world. As feminist director she is looking at her daily routine from a feminine point of view.

This year she is planning five exhibitions around female topics. She herself has researched gender in Portuguese museums and sent 5 questions to 31 university professors. The outcome was, that men do not include gender as a category in their thinking, if someone is doing that, it is women. Women and men have different languages and gender is often a non-issue.


Emilia Ferreira, Monteiro, & Moreira – The invisibility cloak: Are museums and collections still veiling women artist’s work with disinterest and demeaning words

Emilia Ferreira conducted this research together with her two colleagues Monteiro and Moreira.

Moreira is a visual artist, researcher, and mediator and works at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon. She took a closer look at the statistics of the museum from 1994 until today. Since there was a fire at the museum in 1994, the statistics are only available from that year onwards. So she found out that since 1994 there were 132 individual exhibitions in total, including only 29 shows from female artists.

In the 75 group exhibitions at the museum, artworks of 1527 men were exhibited and only artworks of 290 women. Women on the other hand were often invited to contribute to issues like feminism, lesbian people, and gender. Often because they were friends with famous male artists. Since 2001 the museum has been purchasing more and more artworks from women, but the numbers are by far not equal. A significant change was reached only in 2017 and 2018. Through Emilia Ferreira becoming director of the museum in 2018 the museum purchased as many artworks from women as from men. It was also noticed that women usually were over 60 years old, before their works entered a museum. Men, on the other hand, often were only 20. Fact is, that today the collection with 5000 artworks includes only 7% of female artists, and the gender gap in the museums is still considerably high.

Montero, on the other hand, reported about an exhibition in a convent, but also about her research in art galleries around Portugal, where the findings were very similar to the ones of Moreira.


Astrid Schönweger (Italy) – International Women’s Museum Association

Astrid Schönweger presented the International Association of Women’s Museums (IAWM). She defined the term “Women’s Museum”, discussed why and when women’s museums were founded all over the world and what they are doing today. She presented the work of women’s museums through examples by member museums of IAWM with a special look on the question: “How do women and gender-oriented museums differ from other museums and places of memory? What is their contribution to cultures of remembrance?”. This was the topic of a workshop held at the conference “Feminist Pedagogy” organized by the Women’s Museum Istanbul and Sabanci University in October 2018. Continue reading Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinteresttumblr

Martha Beery and her initiative for a women’s museum in Switzerland, IG Frau und Museum, have been part of our network since its beginning over ten years ago. She keeps working tirelessly to make women lives and achievements more visible in Switzerland. Now the project 100Frauen.ch has published an interview, where Martha Beery speaks about feminism, her museum initiative, and herself.

The website of 100frauen.ch

The project 100Frauen.ch is looking at feminism in Switzerland from two points of views:

  • 50 interviews about feminism in Switzerland today
  • 50 portraits of feminists and pioneers in the history of Switzerland

The whole interview with Martha Beery in German can be found here. We translated a few important quotes of the interview here:

In all areas I worked in, it struck me, how little of how women lived and overcame obstacles in the patriarchal system was researched, handed down, and pointed out.

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