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The 14th December 1918 the first Irish woman, Constance de Markievicz, was elected a Member of Parliament. IAWM’s president, Mona Holm, participated at the Centenary in Dublin, December 2018.

“Why not a Woman?”

The Women’s History Association of Ireland, WHAI, organized a two-day’s conference “Why not a Woman? Celebrating Women in public and private life in Ireland, 1918–2018”. The annual conference of the WHAI was supported by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht in association with the centenary event – a pop up museum 100 Years of Irish Women in Politics and Public Life.

A Pop-Up Women’s Museum was curated by Historian Sinéad McCoole part of the Government of Ireland’s programme for commemorating the role of women in Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries 2013-2023 and an essential part of the Centenary celebration was the election of the first women to the British parliament at Westminister, who also became the first women in the Irish Parliament (Dáil Éireann) and the first Irish Cabinet Minister and Minister of Labour.

Establishing a permanent physical women’s museum in Ireland is a goal for several Irish feminists and historians. The Pop-Up Museum was an important first step, and a good opportunity to connect with the International Association of Women’s Museums.

During the conference, curator Sinéad McCoole underlined the importance of IAWM’s presence, and accentuated the need of a permanent solution for taking care of and presenting Irish women’s history archives.

Mona Holm, president of IAWM, presenting the network of women’s museums in Dublin
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Turkish freediver Sahika Ercumen, who took women award of the year from Antalya Women’s Museum last year, wrote history last month to be the first Turkish woman which made a freedive at Antarctica.

Ercumen made two dives, one off King George Island in early February and another later that month off Horseshoe Island.

Horseshoe Island is the area where Turkey established its first Antarctic research base.

Ercumen said:

“We worked with different tools and after a lot of hard work, we built the base. My trainer and I decided to mark the event by diving off Horseshoe Island for the first time.”

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Imagen: installation “365 days”. Photo: © Pep Herrero

María María Acha-Kutscher, the founder of the virtual women’s museum HERSTORYMUSEUM in Madrid is opening the exhibition Womankind on 22nd March 2019 in Barcelona.

Inauguración/opening: marzo 22, 2019, 19 h
LA VIRREINA CENTRE DE LA IMATGE
La Rambla, 99, Barcelona

Curator: Valentín Roma

This exhibition brings together various series of works under the title Womankind (2010-2015), a long term project with which María María Acha-Kutscher (Lima, 1968) provides a critical analysis of those imaginaries tha have constructed a discriminatory, paternalistic history of women since the birth of photography.

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Comisario: Valentín Roma Esta exposición reúne diversas series de trabajos englobadas bajo el título de Womankind (2010-2015), un proyecto de largo recorrido con el que María María Acha-Kutscher (Lima, 1968) investiga críticamente aquellos imaginarios que, desde el nacimiento de la fotografía, construyeron una historia visual de las mujeres paternalista y discriminatoria.

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The Disorderly Women at their meeting in Barcelona in February 2019

Carla Delfos, founder of the European League of Institutes of the Arts and currently leading Art Futures in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Mercedes Giovinazzo, Director of Interarts in Barcelona, Spain and Chrissie Tiller, Creative Consultant in London, United Kingdom, jointly developed a plan to set up the “Disorderly Women” alliance – women leaders in the cultural sector in Europe to come together encourage solidarity among them and to raise their visibility.

The first HerStory meeting in Basel in July 2018

The first kickoff event took place in Basel in July 2018 and convened 40 women leaders in the cultural sector from 14 European countries to discuss urgent and timely perspectives of women in leadership positions in the cultural sector in Europe, share experiences, exchange competences and foster new collaborations and connections. The event was hosted by Kirsten Langkilde, Rector of the FNHW – Academy of Art and Design in Basel, Switzerland.

Astrid Schönweger, coordinator of IAWM and Sissi Prader, head of the Women’s Museum Meran and Board member of the Musem Association of South Tyrol took part in the meeting.

The second HerStory meeting in Barcelona in February 2019

Mercedes Giovinazzo presents the evening program
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Das Verborgene Museum in Berlin, Germany commemorates the first anniversary of the death of museum founder, Gisela Breitling tomorrow.


” Gisela Breitling has dedicated her life to the fight for an appropriate attention to female creativity in past and present, and has developed original patterns of representation and interpretation in her paintings and writings.

She has dared to accuse popular art historians of disregarding female artists and has never stopped intervening in art and gender politics. That has determined her life.

Gisela Breitling made a decisive contribution to the foundation of the association Das Verborgene Museum, Berlin, in 1986, in order to make known to the public the unique achievements of female artists. We are grateful for that. “

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Virtual Exhibition

WOMEN

by Emanuela Caso

WOMEN, born as a photographic and cultural project, to document the economic and social unevenness of women in the different countries of the world.

It is important to divulge the principles and fight hard struggles in labor rights, education, emancipation, equality in underdeveloped countries, and bring equity for a dignified well-being in every part of the world. It is important to point out with the WOMEN project, a stereotype of non-standardized beauty, but a beauty that characterizes strength and personality.

“Beauty, inner strength and spirituality are the main theme of this photographic project. The path of women, their qualities and their expressions are still a long journey to explore, to be deeply known to appreciate not only the exteriority that transpires from an image, but the innumerable emotions connected to a human being. A wonderful and impenetrable universe, most often filled with fears, fragility and strength that coexist in a delicate balance suspended in timeless limbo “.

(EMANUELA CASO)

Diverse in Fight

by Vera Grion

Different fight V.
  Voting Day of the Project to Legalize Abortion, June 13, 2018.
  Plaza del Congreso, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
  Digital photography, 50 cm x 33.3 cm.
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Woman of the Year award in the Women’s Museum Meran on 9th March 2019.

On Saturday, 9th March, the Women’s Museum in Merano first announced the #ichfraudesjahres (woman of the year). Since two years, the Women’s Museum of Merano has been running the blog ichfrau.com in order to extend its awareness-raising work beyond the museum to the internet.

In 2018, the #fraudesmonats (woman of the month) section was introduced in the ichfrau blog. It wants to act as counterpart to the beauty competitions in the region. Each first day of the month the blog honores one woman of the month. The criterion for the selection is that these women have chosen unusual occupations and life paths, or made groundbreaking decisions.

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Mansoureh Shojaee

Jeff and Marcia are an artist and documentarian couple. I met them while they were working on their most recent documentary. While chatting with them casually, which usually is more interesting than the  “official discussion”  people have, we came to know about each others’ taste in art and literature. While we were doing this, we came to know how much more we have in common. 

One of the things that we share is the love we all have for Joan Baez, who has been the singer of songs of peace and justice for over fifty years, since the social movements of the late 60s in Europe until today.

Jeff and Marcia have numerous friends all over the world. One of their friends, Bill Shipsey, is the founder of Amnesty International’s “Art for Amnesty,” and also a friend of Joan Baez. He told them that Joan Baez is coming to Paris in February 2019 to perform. During their conversation, these three artists decided to introduce me to Baez in Paris. 

Jeff, Marcia, and Bill told me about their wonderful decision. Without hesitation, on the wings of the heavenly voice of Joan Baez, my mind flew back to Iran. 

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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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