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‚Pop-up’ museum – 100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life in Ireland

Ireland’s touring ‘pop-up’ Women’s Museum which has traveled all over the country, is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

It chronicles the history of Ireland over one hundred years from the foundation of the State, and the role women played in politics and public life throughout that period.

Photo Ros Kavanagh

Photo Ros Kavanagh

The pop-up, a Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht initiative under the Irish Government’s Decade of Centenaries 2013-2023 programme, is touring a number of venues in the four provinces in the country before it returns to Dublin Castle in Spring 2020, to Dublin Castle where it opened on 14 December 2018 to mark the centenary of the 1918 General Election where women could first exercise their franchise and stand as candidates for election.The pop-up provides insight into the lives of some of the many hundreds of women, who helped shape Ireland from the 1920s to the present day,personal portraits are laid out with inter-actives as well as objects, clothing, rare manuscripts and furniture gathered from private collections. Some of these women became members of the Irish and/or European Parliament, two became President of Ireland but not all are so well known. 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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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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Kazakh State Women’s Teacher Training University is one of the country’s distinctive universities. Founded in 1944, a difficult year for the country, today the university is bearer of knowledge, culture and values. More than 6,500 girls are educated and trained here, who have determined their life’s work to the profession of the teacher.

The Historical and Ethnographical Museum «Aktumar» («White Amulet») was founded in 2002 and functions in accordance with the State Program “Cultural Heritage”. It aims to form a national outlook of Kazakh women, create sense of national purpose and patriotism among students, and promote the historical path of the university.   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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