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Elfie Albert, curator of the Museum Frauenkultur Regional-International in Fürth, Germany, recently visited the Musée de la femme in Dano in Burkina Faso. In the following report she tells us about her experience in the museum in Dano. Elfie also found out that Burkina Faso has also a second women’s museum: The Musée de femme in Kolguindiésse.

Musée de la femme in Dano, Burkina Faso

The museum was founded 10 years ago by Madame Margarite Somé, in the meantime she has passed away.

The “Musée de la femme” is now an institution of the municipality of Dano and is open every working day (Mon-Fri) from 8.00. It is located in a large park-like area with several buildings (exhibition house, depot, souvenir shop and administration). The director of the museum is the cultural adviser of the city. Another man is working at the museum, he has developed the concept, the design, the accompanying program, and he does the guided tours. Continue reading

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Thousands of people gathered in protest marches for women’s rights around the world on 19th January 2019. For the third time, the Women’s March took place in Washington, London, Berlin, Rome and many other cities around the world. We asked Kara Wuest from Global Fund for Women a few questions about the Women’s March:

What were the outcomes of the first Women’s March?

The first Women’s March in January 2017 was a direct response to Donald Trump’s inauguration, and the gathering in Washington DC wound up being the largest one-day protest in US history. It was a time to bring all people together who wanted to speak out about women’s rights, racial equality, and LGBTQ freedom. The second Women’s March in January 2018 captured the messages of #MeToo and the urgency of the upcoming mid-term elections in the United States – a call to action that helped get the largest amount of women to the US Congress than ever before.

What is this Women’s March about?

In the Bay Area, the themes were „Truth to Power“ and „Women’s Wave.“ Our CEO and President Musimbi Kanyoro spoke at the San Francisco march about the global connections of women’s movements and the need to move forward together in solidarity.

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The Women and Memory Forum (WMF) was founded as a feminist non-governmental organization in 1995. Conceptualized as an organization whose aim is to focus on gender and women’s studies, the emphasis is placed on searching for and making available alternative cultural knowledge about women and gender in history as well as in contemporary society. In addition to housing a specialized library containing rare publications and private collections of pioneering Egyptian women, the WMF has an extensive archive of women’s oral history.

Doing Well Exhibition

The WMF is currently working towards establishing a women’s museum in Egypt. This initiative was first materialized in WMF’s first exhibition The Private Papers of Wedad Mitri: A Pioneering Unionist, opened in Cairo in 2015. This exhibition was followed by another archival exhibition The Life and Work of Hawa Idris, opened in Cairo in 2017. Afterwards, the WMF, in collaboration with several international and regional partners, opened the exhibition Doing Well. Don’t Worry: Short Tales of Women’s Work and Mobility in Cairo in May 2017 and in Beirut in December 2017. By displaying women’s objects, images, oral histories and audio-visual materials, WMF exhibitions seek to make women’s stories accessible to wider audiences. WMF exhibitions aim at presenting feminist narratives that would potentially strengthen women’s rights movements, raise awareness and inspire individuals. Continue reading

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In 2019 the Museum Frauenkultur Regional-International in Fürth, Germany is celebrating its 30th anniversary. On occasion of the anniversary the new exhibition at the museum is called “Rückblick Nach Vorne. 1989 – 2019 – 2030”.

It will ask questions like how women in the south and in the north are affected by globalization processes. How can we act for social justice and peace across cutlural borders and social conflicts?

We are looking forward to the opening of this exhibition on 4th May 2019.

 

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The Advertising Standards Authority in the United Kingdom recently announced that it will release a new code to ban gender stereotyping in advertisements in June 2019. Harmful gender stereotypes will be banned from advertisement of British companies.

After the release of this positive notice the gender equality and women’s rights charity Fawcett Society decided to launch a social media campaign in order to combat gender stereotyped toys in the lead up to Christmas.

Sam Smethers, Fawcett Chief Executive, says: “What the ASA has done is very welcome. It is time for us to wake up to the harm that gender norms and stereotypes can do. Limiting girls’ horizons and career choices, objectifying women and causing them to self-harm; legitimising violence and aggression in boys and inhibiting dads’ caring roles. Our society and our economy pays a heavy price for the constraints we place on boys and girls from our earliest moments of life. It has to change.”

In 2015 IAWM itself took a stance against toy genderization. During the EU-project She Culture five artists from different countries created videos against gender-stereotyping toys. The videos can be accessed here. This is the video created of the Italian artist Teresa Sala:

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On 12th November 2018 Graciela Tejero from the Museo de la Mujer in Buenos Aires, Claudia Mandel Katz from the Museo de las Mujeres in Costa Rica, and Ana Silvia from the initiative for a women’s museum in Guatemala came together for a small meeting of Latin American women’s museums. Possibly an official meeting of Latin American women’s museums will take place in the women’s museum in Chile in 2019. At the moment the organizers are still looking for economic resources to support the meeting. A possible virtual meeting has also been considered instead.

In this meeting concrete projects and collaborations between the women’s museums of Costa Rica and Argentina were discussed.

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From 21st to 22nd October 2018 the First Asian and European IAWM Women’s Museums Conference took place in Istanbul.

Women’s museum founders and researchers from Turkey, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Germany, Austria, Norway, USA, Spain, Argentina, United Kingdom, and Albania took part in the meeting.

The goal of this meeting was to enable exchange and synergies amongst Asian and European women’s museums. Therefore the day started off with every participant presenting the status quo, the troubles, and future plans of their own museum, organization or initiative.

The situations of museums and initiatives around the world are different and everyone shared moving and inspiring insights. Despite the differences, common points as well as collective projects for the future could be found. Continue reading

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The exhibition “Ausgekocht?” of the Museum “Women’s Culture Regional – International” in Fürth is currently exhibited as a temporary exhibition at the Women’s Museum in Meran until 30th November 2019.

Gudrun Cyprian and Gaby Franger

‘Ausgekocht?’ – Reflections on the Global Food System and the Role of Women through the Exhibition of the Museum `Women’s Culture Regional – International`

 The exhibition “Ausgekocht”[1] presents central contradictions in cooking and eating worldwide. The social processes of cooking and eating cause negotiations and change. Obvious are adjustments of gender roles, be it in agriculture or the automation of kitchen work, and economic and cultural change. With installations, art, stories of women and the discussion of contentious issues, the exhibition aims at showing what these global processes mean for women and their families, and which strategies women are developing in their everyday lives to confront them. In this article, we refer to various examples from the exhibition, giving voice to women around the globe while dealing with the right to food. 

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On Friday, 14 September the Musée de la Femme de Marrakech opened its doors for the first time to the public. We would like to congratulate the whole museum team to this wonderful work!

The opening exhibition is a huge success. It is called “Rural Women, Artist Women” and is a homage to the rural women across Morocco. The exhibition shows different objects from the daily life of rural women: costumes, carpets, jewellery, accessory, painting, photography, contemporary art…

 

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