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
On International Women’s Day 2017 we had the chance to present IAWM through an exhibition at the European Parliament.
The European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality organized a global forum for gender equality leaders from the European Union Members States and beyond to discuss the topic “Women’s Economic Empowerment. Let’s Act Together!”
IAWM has been invited to embed this two-day-event culturally. Images of artifacts and artworks emphasized the themes of the workshops: women and technology, violence against women, work-life-balance, gender-sensitivity in different countries, and the attainment of UN development goals. 12 members of IAWM from 11 countries in America, Africa, Asia and Europe contributed in the exhibition. Leaflets with further information in four languages (English, German, French, Spanish) accompanied the exhibition and can be downloaded here: Folder IAWM Work 17×23-printfile.
The director of the women’s museum Merano Sissi Prader accompanied the coordinator of IAWM, Astrid Schönweger, to Brussels. During the event Schönweger presented the activities and significance of IAWM and the women’s museums worldwide.
From 20th to 24th March part of the exhibition travelled to New York. It was installed at the European Parliament side event of the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women.
The two-day conference was a meeting point for women’s museums from Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. The goal was to enable exchange between women’s museums and experts from related fields.
The conference was organized by the women’s museum Borgo and the association “La Casa di Alice” in collaboration with IAWM, the women’s museum Merano, and “Se non ora quando – Es ist Zeit Alto Adige/Südtirol”. 22 experts with various backgrounds, from museum professionals to experts from the gender and female world, delivered insightful talks about equality and women’s museums. In the evening the godmother of the conference, Maria Concetta Mattei, and others discussed the role of women in the media. On the second day of the congress Astrid Schönweger and Nadia Mazzardis conducted a workshop for women’s museums with the goal to enable exchange and inspiration.
Representatives from Italian women’s museums and initiatives as well as the neighbors from Switzerland, Germany, and Austria came to the conference.
The 5. International Conference of Women’s Museums with the title “Women’s Museums: For a Culture of Equality” took place from 28 until 30 November 2016. The International Association of Women’s Museums, with its office in the women’s museum Meran/o (I), met for three days in Mexico City. Host of the conference was the women’s museum Mexico, which is led by FEMU (Federacion Mexicana de Universitarias AC) and the University of Mexico City.
In the dignified hall of the old Faculty of Medicine, University of Mexico City, the congress was inaugurated by Patricia Galeana, the director of the women’s museum Mexico, the godmother of the congress Patricia Mercado, Secretary of Government Mexico City, and Monica Gonzalez Contro, advocate of the university on behalf of the rector.
Highlight of the inauguration was the award of the first IAWM-prize to the Senegalese director Annette Mbaye D’Erneville. The 90 year old Annette Mbaye d’Erneville has not only founded the first African women’s museum in Senegal, but also inspired others to do the same. Mali and Central Africa followed her example. The Canadian women’s museum was founded by her niece Lydie Olga Ntap. „Tata-Annette“(aunt) or „Mere-bi“(mother), as she is called, shows us how one single woman is able to change the world. As first female journalist in Senegal she advocated throughout her life emancipation of women and democracy in her country.
The statue was created by the Mexican artist and women’s museum woman Glenda Hecksher and the monetary prize of 5000 Euro was donated by the Soroptimist Clubs Vaduz (LI), Zug (CH), Goldes (A), and Meran (I).
After the celebratory opening of the congress the hosts provided a guided tour in the women’s museum, where the rest of the congress took place. Representatives of international women’s museums and women from the University of Mexico City spoke about the significance of women in history, promotion of human rights through women’s museums, socio-political and socio-cultural work of women’s museums in society, and their commitment against gender-violence.
In a workshop various women’s museums presented and discussed best practices and creative solution finding. Throughout the congress it turned out that many women’s museums worldwide are facing similar problems at the moment. Some do not have the necessary financial means, some face a misogynistic society and some have to justify their existence over and over again. Fact is that hardly any cultural institution has to put up with so many adversities and obstacles as women’s museums do.
Letters of support for the momentarily affected women’s museums were written during the congress. The indigenous sociologist Silvia Monzon from Guatemala, who has founded an initiative for a women’s museum, wrote a statement which was signed by all participating museums and will be published on the website and social media of IAWM as soon as possible.
On the last day the general assembly of IAWM took place, where the statutes were modified and the program of the next four years was determined. Also the elections of the new board took place: president of the association remains Mona Holm from Norway. Vice-president is from now on Lydie Olga Ntap (CAN). Other board members are Kye-Hyeong Ki (Korea), Gaby Franger-Huhle (D), Catherine King (USA), Elsa Ballauri (Albania), and Claudia Mandel (Costa Rica). Sissi Prader (I) is co-opted as treasurer.
The congress takes place every four years. Last time IAWM met in Alice Springs (Australia) in 2012. The 6th International Congress of Women’s Museums of IAWM will be 2020 at the women’s museums Hittisau (Austria).
In Oktober 2016 the women’s museum Istanbul organized the conference “Women’s Museums: Centre Of Social Memory And Place of Inclusion”.
Experts and museum professionals from Turkey and many other countries met in Istanbul in order to talk about women’s museums and their role in society.
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25 members of 14 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa took part in a conference on November 6 and 7, 2014, at the Frauenmuseum Bonn to work on new strategies and projects. All of them are members of IAWM.
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/.
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.
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.
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.