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
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 project 100Frauen.ch is looking at feminism in Switzerland from two points of views:
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.
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
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”
2012 All saints day: “Memory traces – holy women”
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”
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
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 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.