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What’s happening on and around the International Women’s Day in Kongsvinger 2018?

The Norwegian Women’s Museum, Kvinnemuseet, is an active part in the IWD committee in our town, Kongsvinger. This is the third year we are inviting several other organizations to join the celebration to raise awareness on feminist issues in our community.

We have opted, not to have one Women’s Day, but several! There will be feminist activities happening in Kongsvinger from 1st to 11th of March. On the 1st of March, there will be a philosophical café, focusing on the #metoo-campaign, at the library, and there will also be a quiz, with questions from Women’s culture and history.

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Tonight the association women and gender museum Switzerland invites to a talk with the title ‘Significant Swiss Women – how to honour them? From the classical museum to the Virtual Reality’.

The exhibition curator Beat Gugger will address the following questions: How can important Swiss Women and their achievements be represented for the future? Should we open a women’s museum, like women in other countries did? Or are there other possibilities through digitalization? Continue reading

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In light of International Women’s day, the opening of the exhibition “From Evin,With Love” presents the handicrafts of Imprisoned Iranian women activists.

The exhibition introduces the “Iranian Women’s movement Museum”, as a part of the “Iranian women movement oral history” designed and developed by Mansoureh Shojaee  in collaboration with Vrije University Asmterdam.

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inVISIBLEwomen is a catalyst for gender equality in civic statues in the UK.

 

Between 22-26th February inVISIBLEwomen will take part in the Audacious Women Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, a festival with the aim to empower and encourage women to overcome personal, political and institutional barriers, and to celebrate the achievements of inspirational Scottish women.

There are 50 statues of men in the city. There are only 2 statues of women, one of whom is Queen Victoria the other a “mother and child”. Not much scope for role models for women there. In fact, in Edinburgh they have more civic statues of animals than of women. inVISIBLEwomen will be supporting the campaign for a statue of Elsie Inglis, suffragette and founder of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals.

 

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The Antalya Women Museum’s “Woman of the Year Award” for 2017 was given to Şahika Ercümen with a ceremony on Feb. 1.

The Antalya Women Museum’s “Woman of the Year Award” for 2017 was given to Şahika Ercümen with a ceremony on Feb. 1. The award from the “virtual museum” (www.antalyawomenmuseum.com) is handed out in the name of Jale İnan, Turkey’s first female archeologist who led the unearthing of the Ancient Hellenistic city of Perge, 15 kilometers east of the Mediterranean resort of Antalya. It is awarded every year on İnan’s birthday to women who have contributed to the culture of the Antalya and its region.

Şahika Ercümen, a 33-year-old record-breaking free diver was given the latest award for promoting the Kaş district of Antalya as one of the top places for diving. Ercümen suffered from serious asthma in her childhood and was encouraged by her family to start diving as a part of her therapy. At the Feb. 1 ceremony she repeated her motto: “I was not born when I took my first breath, but when I held it for the first time.” Continue reading

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One of the current projects at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is the conservation and display of the Signature Quilt. The Signature Quilt is a centrepiece of the museum’s collection, a “patchwork of empowerment” containing the signatures of 343 Australian women who have been first in a variety of fields within Australia, their State or Territory or their community.

Signature Quilt, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, Australia

This unique object is very popular with visitors and has been on display continuously since 2003.  We are committed to continuing to make it accessible to the public but in a way that properly conserves the Quilt. Through very generous efforts of individuals and local organisations, we have raised our own funds for the Quilt project, which have been supplemented by a successful Heritage grant from the Northern Territory Government.  Conservator Carolyn McLennan visited us in October and has since provided us with a condition report that has formed the basis of our ongoing discussions as to how to best care for the Quilt, and make it accessible to our visitors.  We are now ready to start work on the fit-out of the new display for the Quilt.

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We are happy to welcome a new member in IAWM: The initiative ‘Women for Kazachstan‘!

The non-governmental-organization will open the first Women’s Museum in Kazachstan. Even though they do not yet have a physical space, the initaitive is already very active: many exhibitions have been organized, the collection is growing, research is progress, and an online magazine on Facebook gives insight to the museums topics. We hope you can continue your good work and wish all the best!

 

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Female friends in history and in contemporary art

18.2.-16.9.2018

In the 18th century, friendship cult developed and women played a significant part in this process. Friendship became a female stage, both in direct and indirect exchange through letters. Literary circles and drawing-rooms served the women as places for further education, motivated them for own writings and represented an accepted step into the semi-public.

The exchange with a confidante friend encouraged women in stepping over traditional roles.

Female friends were partners for single women who didn’t found a family of their own or who were widowed. When, during the 19th century, the first middle-class women entered a profession, they were more likely to realize their plans together with a like-minded friend.

Female friendships and networks became the basis in the 19th century to claim women’s rights. Female friends took up the fight together for overcoming of legal obstacles or the resistance of the family. Luise Otto-Peters and Auguste Schmidt were a friendship couple in the first German women’s movement. They, in 1865, founded the first German women’s association in Leipzig. Others followed them.

The International Association of Women’s Suffrage was organization of women who shared feminist political and private ideas. Without that friend’s network it would not have been possible to realize the International Women’s Peace Congress in Den Haag in 1915 with participants of both sides of the war.

 

During the exhibition many events take place: Download the full programme here

Frauenmuseum Bonn, Germany

 

 

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