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The network womeninmuseum is a loose union of Women’s Museums, initiatives and museums dedicated to women.
There are 50 women’s and gender museums and 14 women’s museums initiatives in different countries nowadays. These museums are very important for gender informing and education of people, for improving of role women in society, for implementation of equal rights and opportunities. The activities of these museums are quite various. They support different women’s art, tell the history of women of their country and support scientific projects. But information about their acitivity is unknown for the wide public. Today some of these museums began to consolidate their efforts and look for the possibilities of cooperation and interaction.

The network was created at the 1st International Women’s Museums Congress in June 2008 in Merano, during which the institutions passed a resolution encapsulating the concept of the «Women’s Museum» and defining their common objectives.

The network womeninmuseum its tasks as follows:
  • to increase the visibility and acceptance of Women’s Museums
  • to actively support each other
  • to make use of the internet plattform in order to push ahead the work of network
The whole resolution you can read and download here.
In September of 2009 the second International Congress of Women’s museums took place (Bonn, Frauenmuseum). 18 projects of women’s museum from different countries were represented. The printed catalogue of these projects was published by Frauenmuseum. It was very useful for all participants of Congress for their further activity.
The next step – the third International Congress of Women’s museum took place in Argentina, Buenos Aires, 2010 and we decided to found an international organisation 2012 and want to have an afiliated membership with ICOM.
In the meantime a global coordination committee was founded, with delegates from each continent.
Coordinator: Astrid Schönweger, Merano

 

 
From Australia: Helen Jaraslafsky, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame/Australia
From Africa: Omima Mustafa, Sudanes Women’s Museum, Omdurman/Sudan and Rachel Mamba, Musée de la Femme Central Africa
From Asia: Heaseung Kim, feminist art group (association which presently runs the Women’s History Exhibition Hall/Seoul Korea)
 
From South America: Graciela Tejero Coni, Museo de la Mujer, Buenos Aires/Argentina
From North America: Catherine King, San Francisco, USA

 

 
From Europe: Bettina Bab, Women’s Museum, Bonn/Germany

If you have news regarding the network or you need further informations, please contact: info@womeninmuseum.net

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IAWM – the International Association of Women’s Museums is a association created 2012 in Alice Springs, Australia, at the 4rd International Congress of Women’s Museums. The registred office is in Bonn, Germany.
There are over 70 women’s and gender museums and women’s museums initiatives in different countries nowadays.
 
These museums are very important
  • for gender informing and
  • education of people,
  • for improving of role women in society,
  • for implementation of equal rights and opportunities.

The activities of these museums are quite various:

  • They support different women’s art,
  • tell the history of women of their country and
  • support scientific projects.

But information about their acitivity is unknown for the wide public. Today some of these museums began to consolidate their efforts and look for the possibilities of cooperation and interaction.

The network was created at the 1st International Women’s Museums Congress in June 2008 in Merano, during which the institutions passed a resolution encapsulating the concept of the «Women’s Museum» and defining their common objectives.

The network womeninmuseum its tasks as follows:
  • to increase the visibility and acceptance of Women’s Museums
  • to actively support each other
  • to make use of the internet plattform in order to push ahead the work of network

The following meetings were:

  • In September of 2009 in Bonn, Germany
  • In May of 2010 in Bueons Aires, Argentina,
  • In May of 2012 in Alice Springs, Australia. There was founded the IAWM – The International Association of Women’s Museums.


Chair Woman: Bettina Bab, Women’s Museum, Bonn/Germany.

Coordinator: Astrid Schönweger, Merano

If you have news regarding the network or you need further informations, please contact: info@womeninmuseum.net

You want to be part of IAWM? Please click here for more information to become a member!

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“The Women Are The Ones Who Write The History
Of The World! There Has To Be A Women’s Museum
In Every Country Of This World”. Shirin Ebadi

 

Women’s and gender museums are a mirror of society and social change. They show the roles of women worldwide and their living circumstances from a political, cultural, artistic, economic and social point of view. They present women’s cultures from the past and present time and are committed to delivering a gender-democratic future.
Today there are more than 50 women’s museums worldwide represented on all continents. Groups in fifteen countries have announced that they wish to found a new women’s museum. It is time to get united. We invite you to join us. Group and individual memberships are available.

The main objectives of the Association are:

1. Exchange, network, global co-operation of the Women’s Museums, and mutual support. We want to affirm female solidarity by affirming women’s rights.

2. To promote women’s and gender museums and to stand united for the advocacy of gender-democratic societies. Women’s museums are important for women’s education, empowerment and self-confidence. They provide awareness training, possibilities for independent actions and tools to overcome discrimination.

3. To achieve international recognition in the world of museums and to strengthen the acceptance of women’s museums worldwide. It aims to advocate for necessary support (such as staff and finances) for museums within the Association.

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“The Women Are The Ones Who Write The History
Of The World! There Has To Be A Women’s Museum
In Every Country Of This World”. Shirin Ebadi

 

Women’s and gender museums are a mirror of society and social change. They show the roles of women worldwide and their living circumstances from a political, cultural, artistic, economic and social point of view. They present women’s cultures from the past and present time and are committed to delivering a gender-democratic future.
Today there are more than 50 women’s museums worldwide represented on all continents. Groups in fifteen countries have announced that they wish to found a new women’s museum. It is time to get united. We invite you to join us. Group and individual memberships are available.

The main objectives of the Association are:

1. Exchange, network, global co-operation of the Women’s Museums, and mutual support. We want to affirm female solidarity by affirming women’s rights.

2. To promote women’s and gender museums and to stand united for the advocacy of gender-democratic societies. Women’s museums are important for women’s education, empowerment and self-confidence. They provide awareness training, possibilities for independent actions and tools to overcome discrimination.

3. To achieve international recognition in the world of museums and to strengthen the acceptance of women’s museums worldwide. It aims to advocate for necessary support (such as staff and finances) for museums within the Association.

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“The Women Are The Ones Who Write The History
Of The World! There Has To Be A Women’s Museum
In Every Country Of This World”. Shirin Ebadi

 

Women’s and gender museums are a mirror of society and social change. They show the roles of women worldwide and their living circumstances from a political, cultural, artistic, economic and social point of view. They present women’s cultures from the past and present time and are committed to delivering a gender-democratic future.
Today there are more than 50 women’s museums worldwide represented on all continents. Groups in fifteen countries have announced that they wish to found a new women’s museum. It is time to get united. We invite you to join us. Group and individual memberships are available.

The main objectives of the Association are:

1. Exchange, network, global co-operation of the Women’s Museums, and mutual support. We want to affirm female solidarity by affirming women’s rights.

2. To promote women’s and gender museums and to stand united for the advocacy of gender-democratic societies. Women’s museums are important for women’s education, empowerment and self-confidence. They provide awareness training, possibilities for independent actions and tools to overcome discrimination.

3. To achieve international recognition in the world of museums and to strengthen the acceptance of women’s museums worldwide. It aims to advocate for necessary support (such as staff and finances) for museums within the Association.

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“The Women Are The Ones Who Write The History
Of The World! There Has To Be A Women’s Museum
In Every Country Of This World”. Shirin Ebadi

 

Women’s and gender museums are a mirror of society and social change. They show the roles of women worldwide and their living circumstances from a political, cultural, artistic, economic and social point of view. They present women’s cultures from the past and present time and are committed to delivering a gender-democratic future.
Today there are more than 50 women’s museums worldwide represented on all continents. Groups in fifteen countries have announced that they wish to found a new women’s museum. It is time to get united. We invite you to join us. Group and individual memberships are available.

The main objectives of the Association are:

1. Exchange, network, global co-operation of the Women’s Museums, and mutual support. We want to affirm female solidarity by affirming women’s rights.

2. To promote women’s and gender museums and to stand united for the advocacy of gender-democratic societies. Women’s museums are important for women’s education, empowerment and self-confidence. They provide awareness training, possibilities for independent actions and tools to overcome discrimination.

3. To achieve international recognition in the world of museums and to strengthen the acceptance of women’s museums worldwide. It aims to advocate for necessary support (such as staff and finances) for museums within the Association.

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The Second European Conference took place in Berlin on 15th and 16th October 2013. Participating members were the women’s museums of Bonn, Berlin, Wiesbaden, Fürth in Germany, the German/French Cooperative EFA, Meran in Italy, and Norway.

Each representative gave an account of their current projects and developments in their museum as well as explaining how they benefit from the IAWM network. On the agenda were discussions about future tasks of IAWM: membership campaign, newsletter, cooperation with other institutions such as ICOM, and the creation of a guideline on how to create and develop a new museum.

An important point was also the preparation of the next congress in China in 2014: organisation, fundraising, accessibility and session themes. Because of several reasons, this congress had to be cancelled at a later date.

Finally, the EU-project She Culture was presented, in which 4 museums and 3 other institutions were taking part. The outcomes of this project are presented on the website http://www.she-culture.com/en/.

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Representatives of women’s museum worldwide met in the middle of the Australian desert from May 19–21, 2012. They met in the National Pioneer‘s Women Hall of Fame.

The meeting in Alice Springs was a milestone, because the members had decided in Buenos Aires in 2010 to seek for becoming an affiliated member of the International Committee of Museums (ICOM). In order to become an affiliated member of ICOM it is required to be an international association with registered statutes. This is the first step, which now was taken in Alice Springs. Not only did the participants pass the articles and a resolution, but they also elected an executive board of six members from various continents. Bettina Bab (Germany) was elected the first chair woman of the new section, assisted by the deputy chairwoman Mona Holm (Norway), treasurer Sigrid Prader (Italy), secretary Catherine King (USA) and assessors Patricia Galeano (Mexico), Nguyen Thi Bich Van (Vietnam).

With Bettina Bab from Bonn being the chairwoman the „International Association of Women’s Museums” accordingly will be situated in Bonn.

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This first meeting of the European women’s museums took place in Berlin in October. The participating museums came from Fürth, Berlin and Bonn in Germany, Meran in Italy, Norway, and from the initiative in Switzerland.

The delegates clarified once again the field of activity of the coordinator, Astrid Schönweger and the temporary way of payment of her work. Afterwards the participants formulated the next steps towards the foundation of the association. It was proposed to form a working group for this purpose.

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The Third International Conference of Women’s Museums in Buenos Aires on the 24th and 25th of May was part of the II International Feminist Congress 2010.

At this congress, it was decided that it would be advantageous to become members of the International Council of Museums, which requires the founding of an international association in the future. The congress elected a new Council Committee with a single co-ordinator as well as representatives from each continent. In the discussion about criteria for membership to the Network of Women’s Museums, it was agreed to accept any museum which would like to become a member. It was also decided to make two changes to the 2008 resolution, so that museums which followed and signed that resolution would be invited into the network and that the network would be opened to single persons as “friends of women’s museums”. Finally, it was agreed that the fourth international congress of women’s museums would be held in Alice Springs, Australia, in 2012.

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