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After having gained a very good first insight into the issue of Japan’s military sexual slavery system in the woman’s museum in Tokyo, I visited two more of the so called ‘comfort-women’s’- museums. I went to South Korea and to Taiwan. The women of these countries were the victims of the Japanese aggressors and had to suffer a lot as sex slaves.

Warning! The following text may shake your state of mind.

War & Women`s Human Rights Museum 20, Worldcupbuk-ro    11-gil Mapu-gu Seoul 03967, Republic of Korea (ROK)

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The Mexican Federation of University Women (FEMU) and Mexico City’s Women’s Museum (MMM) organized a cycle of Virtual Seminars to explain COVID-19 effects on society, specifically on girls and women. These seminars took place from 18th to 22nd May, and 5 specialist from FEMU participated, in each sesión we host almost 100 participants via Zoom and more than 200 via facebook. During addressed the problem of the current pandemic through a gender perspective.

You can Access to the recorded videos at: https://www.facebook.com/watch/MuseodelaMujerMexico/246699826395895/

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After three months of closure, the Women’s Museum in Meran opened its doors again this week. It was a great pleasure for the museum team to welcome the first visitors and to present the news.

The new permanent exhibition

New permanent exhibition at the Women’s Museum of Merano

At the beginning of the year the time had come to renew the permanent exhibition at the Women’s Museum. A new concept had been developed and the exhibition was built with new objects and updated narratives. When it was finally ready and the museum team was enthusiastic to present it to the public, the museum had to close it’s doors due to Corona. So the official opening of the new permanent exhibition had to be postponed to autumn, however it can already be seen by the visitors of the museum. Continue reading

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Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Xian, Beijing – these were the hotspots of women’s history on my trip to Asia in autumn 2019: six women’s museums in 3 or 4 countries (depending on your political attitude towards Taiwan – is it a part of China or an independant country?).

In this blog I will concentrate on three museums that deal with a topic that was not well known by me before – the socalled comfort women & comfort stations. These terms relate to the war crimes committed by the Japanese military. Thousands of women were forced to work as prostitutes during Japan’s invasion in the Asian-Pacific-region during the 20th century. Continue reading

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Today is International Museum Day!

All over the world museums participate with content and events. This year ICOM has selected a theme that is very close to the heart of many women’s museums: Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion. IAWM members will participate by posting articles, reflections, videos, art positions, and images on social media with the Hashtags #imd2020 and #womensmuseumsforequality.

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In times when many museums worldwide are forced to keep their doors shut, we invite you to engage with exhibitions and collections of women’s museums virtually. On this blog we will share with you online exhibitions or virtual views into our member museums worldwide.

Today the Women’s Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam shares two videos: Continue reading

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Summary by Interarts

BIRTH CULTURES is a project co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe Culture Programme (2014-2020) that contributes to preserve and transmit, through arts and culture, birth and maternity traditional knowledge and practices as part of European intangible cultural heritage. The project is implemented by Interarts (coordinator, Spain) in cooperation with Frauenmuseum Hittisau (Austria), Frauenmuseum Merano (Italy), Gender Museum (Kharkiv) and in association with the International Association of Women’s Museums (IAWM) (Italy), the European Centre for Cultural Organization and Managment (ECCOM) (Italy) and Birth Café Campaign (Germany), as associated partners.

The project will run from November 2019 to April 2022.

According to the German associations’ Birth Café Campaign and Hebammen für Deutschland  (Midwives for Germany), when it comes to pregnancy and birth the existing lack of instruments, such as historical research and exhibitions, does not enable for these topics to become accessible to different publics and audiences.

Against this background, BIRTH CULTURES has the following specific objectives:

  • To strengthen capacities of and collaboration between women’s museums in Europe to raise awareness on women’s health and sexual and reproductive rights.
  • To enhance intercultural dialogue and artistic co-creation around values and practices related to culture, birth and maternity.
  • To improve access, including young people and migrants, to European cultural and creative works and intangible cultural heritage.

The project is based on the acknowledgment that socially engaged art represents an effective way of processing, explaining and promoting topics of particular social value but also of engaging audiences through a participative approach. By sharing and providing information or topics of discussion, it will foster a deeper understanding of the issues tackled and of the necessary emotional intelligence to process them. The project aims to achieve this by developing the following activities:

  • Research on practices and traditions related to birth and maternity in the participating countries;
  • Organisation of intercultural and intergenerational Birth cafés to gather information, knowledge, stories;
  • Workshops for co-creation of cultural and art products around the topics of birth and maternity;
  • 8 round tables/seminars/meetings on the topic of birth and maternity and their relations with art and culture;
  • 1 international conference;
  • 1 travelling exhibition on the topic of birth and maternity by the participating women’s museums and a call for creative works (paintings, videos, photos, etc.);
  • Digital catalogue of the exhibition;
  • 4 toolkits for secondary schools adapted to local context and values and in the local languages (German, Italian, Spanish/Catalan and Ukrainian).

Duration of the project: 30 months.

Consortium:

For further information, please click on the following link.

Here Stefania Pitscheider-Soraperra, director of the Women’s Museum Hittisau, explains the progress of the exhibition and what it is going to look like.

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Bulletin, May 2020

Activities:

Mexican Federation of University Women (FEMU)

and Mexico City’s Women’s Museum (MMM)

  • As part of the social distancing measures to prevent spreading the SARS virus, cause of the present COVID-19 pandemic, FEMU decided to hold virtual Board meetings and Members’ Assemblies.

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On Saturday 9 May 2020 the Museum of Women’s Culture Regional-International is virtually opening the exhibition “Technology#Female#Logical. Women and technology in the Nuremberg metropolitan area.”

The virtual exhibition opening takes place at 11:00 on  instagramfacebookyoutube and twitter.

This is a very relevant topic as girls and young women are increasingly encouraged to turn to an education in engineering and technology. Our exhibition will feature distinguished female pioneers from the metropolitan region as well as women who currently hold positions in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and technical trade. Continue reading

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