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BIRTH CULTURES is a project co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe Culture Programme (2014-2020) that contributes to preserve and transmit, through arts and culture, birth and maternity traditional knowledge and practices as part of European intangible cultural heritage. The project is implemented by Interarts (coordinator, Spain) in cooperation with Frauenmuseum Hittisau (Austria), Frauenmuseum Merano (Italy), Gender Museum (Kharkiv) and in association with the International Association of Women’s Museums (IAWM) (Italy), the European Centre for Cultural Organization and Managment (ECCOM) (Italy) and Birth Café Campaign (Germany), as associated partners.

The project will run from November 2019 to April 2022.

According to the German associations’ Birth Café Campaign and Hebammen für Deutschland  (Midwives for Germany), when it comes to pregnancy and birth the existing lack of instruments, such as historical research and exhibitions, does not enable for these topics to become accessible to different publics and audiences.

Against this background, BIRTH CULTURES has the following specific objectives:

  • To strengthen capacities of and collaboration between women’s museums in Europe to raise awareness on women’s health and sexual and reproductive rights.
  • To enhance intercultural dialogue and artistic co-creation around values and practices related to culture, birth and maternity.
  • To improve access, including young people and migrants, to European cultural and creative works and intangible cultural heritage.

The project is based on the acknowledgment that socially engaged art represents an effective way of processing, explaining and promoting topics of particular social value but also of engaging audiences through a participative approach. By sharing and providing information or topics of discussion, it will foster a deeper understanding of the issues tackled and of the necessary emotional intelligence to process them. The project aims to achieve this by developing the following activities:

  • Research on practices and traditions related to birth and maternity in the participating countries;
  • Organisation of intercultural and intergenerational Birth cafés to gather information, knowledge, stories;
  • Workshops for co-creation of cultural and art products around the topics of birth and maternity;
  • 8 round tables/seminars/meetings on the topic of birth and maternity and their relations with art and culture;
  • 1 international conference;
  • 1 travelling exhibition on the topic of birth and maternity by the participating women’s museums and a call for creative works (paintings, videos, photos, etc.);
  • Digital catalogue of the exhibition;
  • 4 toolkits for secondary schools adapted to local context and values and in the local languages (German, Italian, Spanish/Catalan and Ukrainian).

Duration of the project: 30 months.

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For further information, please click on the following link.

Here Stefania Pitscheider-Soraperra, director of the Women’s Museum Hittisau, explains the progress of the exhibition and what it is going to look like.

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In times when many museums worldwide are forced to keep their doors shut, we invite you to engage with exhibitions and collections of women’s museums virtually. On this blog we will share with you online exhibitions or virtual views into our member museums worldwide.

Gender Museum Ukraine presents: Let’s Stop the Violence

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Gender Museum Ukraine in collaboration with Centre of Gender Culture with the support of the Insha Osvita NGO (English: Another Education) have realized the exhibition ‘364 Women’s Stories of Kharkiv’.

For a long time women’s stories have not been mentioned in history. Martha Bohachevsky-Chomiak, the researcher of Ukrainian women’s movement, compares it with a traditional folk art “White on White” embroidery which seemingly exists but is hardly visible. On the 365th anniversary of the city Kharkiv the museum presents now 365 stories of both common and prominent women from the city. Continue reading

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This is the First GENDERMUSEUM not only in Ukraine, but also in Post Soviet Area and Eastern Europe. The museum of gender and HerStory has been created by the initiative of a gender sensitive community and with the support of the UNDP Equal Opportunities, Women’s Rights in Ukraine Program, Ukrainian Women’s Fund, and Global Fund for Women.

The Museum aims at gender education, strengthening cultural ties between Ukraine and other countries, consolidation of women’s and gender movement, attracting journalists’ and community’s attention to the women’s and gender issues.

 

The main task is to collect exhibits which are able to reflect the gender construction process and to prove that:

  • gender issues are not only women’s problems but the whole society’s problems;
  • instead of all the positive social changes women and men should achive, they are suffering gender discrimination;
  • the women’s and gender movement in Ukraine and all over the world isn’t an episodic phenomenon but a natural process lasting centuries.

The museum collection comprises about 3000 exhibits from different regions of Ukraine and other countries. The Museum provides education activities on gender issues using interactive methods and visualization of different gender problems through temporary exhibitions.

The main art and research projects are:

  • Women’s Face of War (from 1939 to 2014)
  • Women’s face of EuroMaydan
  • Famous women of the Kharkiv region
  • Parenthood is…
  • Tortures for Women

From 2013 the Museum is situated in stationary rooms.  On 26 August 2013 the Gender Museum was unveiled. From this date until today more than 3000 people have visited the Museum, got inspired, and got a new gender vision.

The Gender Museum is an NGO and does not get any financial support from the government or local institutions for it’s activity and projects. Today it exists ONLY with support of the campaign #SAVE GENDER MUSEUM – an initiative of Maria Sanchez Garcia.

 

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