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On 14th of June 2019 thousands of women and men in Switzerland went on strike in order to protest for women’s rights. The first women’s strike in Switzerland took place in 1991. Since then many things have changed – but many things also remained problematic, like equal pay, care work, and representation in places of power. The strike is called the “biggest political protest in the history of Switzerland”.

The strike was not only a landmark for women’s rights in Switzerland, but also one step closer to the foundation of a women’s museum in Switzerland. Finally! Continue reading

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The mission of the museum initiative Casa de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres in Colombia is to promote historical memory about the impact and differential effects of armed conflict on girls and women in Magdalena Medio, also seeking to raise awareness of their experiences of empowerment and resistance, that contributes to strengthen the hope of the new generations to build a fair, dignified and equitable country for men and women.

This Women´s Museum hopes to be an open space, recognized as an important place of historical memory in the region, which can contribute from different symbolic, cultural, daily and political dimensions to the recognition of the voice and experiences of women in recent times. The Museum is the result of the efforts of 2000 members of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP), who decided to fight for this as an alternative to collective reparation. Currently, the team is working on advancing the museological content so that it represents everyone who wants to exhibit in the space.

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Martha Beery and her initiative for a women’s museum in Switzerland, IG Frau und Museum, have been part of our network since its beginning over ten years ago. She keeps working tirelessly to make women lives and achievements more visible in Switzerland. Now the project 100Frauen.ch has published an interview, where Martha Beery speaks about feminism, her museum initiative, and herself.

The website of 100frauen.ch

The project 100Frauen.ch is looking at feminism in Switzerland from two points of views:

  • 50 interviews about feminism in Switzerland today
  • 50 portraits of feminists and pioneers in the history of Switzerland

The whole interview with Martha Beery in German can be found here. We translated a few important quotes of the interview here:

In all areas I worked in, it struck me, how little of how women lived and overcame obstacles in the patriarchal system was researched, handed down, and pointed out.

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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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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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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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The voluntary organisation “Frammenti di storia al femminile” was founded in Cossano Canavese, Italy in 1998. From its beginnings it was a solid and vibrant center for women’s culture collecting, keeping and spreading  aural, written and artefact-based women’s memory. The foundation of a women’s museum is one of the goals of the organisation.

The inspiration of the organisation is the exceptional Giulia Avetta, born in 1908 in Cossano, who dedicated her life to other people.

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The association “Interessengemeinschaft Frau und Museum” in Switzerland was founded by Martha Beéry in 2010 and has set the following goal in its statutes:

„The community of interests woman and museum“ creates a platform to show the not so often presented aspects of history, reality, performances and influences of women in the Swiss society as well as the relationship between the gender.

Some activity’s in the first five years were

2012 Thoughts: “between Memory and Memorials”

Frauenpavillon / St. Gallen / Schweiz

 

 

2012 All saints day: “Memory traces – holy women” 

St. Mangenkirche

The church where Wyborada was included. Wyborada is the patron/matron of libraries and the women’s library and phonothek in St. Gallen is also named after her.

 

2014 “Historical Swiss Women are visible”

FrauenVernetzungsWerkstatt

Action against a month of Swiss-history in the Swiss television “The Swiss” “where we come from – who we are – where we are going to. The action was caused because Swiss TV was unable to show that also women was and are contributing her part in Swiss-history.

 

2015 „Lichtwerke, the photographer Mia Hesse, born as Mia Bernoulli

Women’s library

Mia Bernoulli, was the first woman of Hermann Hesse, the well-known German writer. She was a Swiss lady and the first female artist Photographer in Switzerland.


2015 „Equal pay now“ in Bern, the capital of Switzerland.

Participation on the demonstration with 10’000 participants


Participation 4./5. shadow report for CEDAW

(Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) with 5 Interventions about not or false mention of women in the Swiss television.
“States Parties shall take all appropriate measures:(a) To modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, with a view to achieving the elimination of prejudices and customary and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women”

 

 

After 5 years of working and now having good arguments for the necessity of a women’s museum   to realize an equal society, the association Women and Gender museum in Switzerland was founded in Zürich on 5th January 2017.

Next steps see: www.ig-frauenmuseum.ch.

 

February 2017

Martha Beéry-Artho

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