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.
Today the Women’s Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam shares two videos: Continue reading
Vietnamese Women’s Museum was established in 1987 and run by Vietnamese Women’s Union. It is a gender museum with functions of research, preservation, and display of tangible and intangible historical and cultural heritages of Vietnamese women and Vietnam Women’s Union. It is also a center for cultural exchange between Vietnamese and international women for the goal of equality, development and peace. The VWM is well-respected in Hanoi by both the public, the media and international partners. The museum has an established network of close media contacts and international partners, who take great interest in the activities and collaboration events, programs at the museum.
Mobile exhibition: SAFE journey
Safe journey is a mobile exhibition designed in the shape of a portable cart sharing three main topics: Safe or unsafe; Safety empowers me and Continued safe journey. The mobile exhibition invites viewers to reflect on the dangers in public places and how this affects the safety of women and girls. Firsthand accounts, as presented in the exhibition, highlight obstacles to safety including social norms and attitudes, public transportation and quality of infrastructure; passive bystanders; and unsafe destinations. The exhibition calls on the public to join hands and demand a safe city, providing women and girls safe public places free from discrimination and gender based violence. The exhibition will travel around the city and continue collecting stories from people with a focus on four strong messages: #Self esteem; #Agency; #Freedom; #Empowerment for women and girls.
Ceremony of donation of documents from Lawyer Nancy Hollander – member of American delegation attending a meeting between American women and Vietnamese women in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1965Continue reading
A new Discovery Room, new exhibitions, a photo contest, the celebration of Mother Godess, and the promotion of gender equality – Read about the latest news from the Women’s Museum Vietnam.
Discovery Room – A new space for students to experience
On the morning of November 23rd, 2017, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum (VWM) launched the opening of the newly renovated Discovery Room. The aim of the discovery room is to provide knowledge for children about gender equality, discuss issues relating to gender, enhance the children’s awareness of gender issues and promote gender equality. Therefore, the museum decided to renovate the discovery room’s contents into three main areas: an area of gender and sexuality, one area of activities, and an area to read books. in which gender activities are the core activities. Its contents are shown through visual educational tools or games so that students can experience and find out more about many aspects of life. It includes the difficult issues that are hard for parents to talk about with their children such as how the child was born, the similarities and the difference between gender and sexuality, how the children behave in different situations so they can gain skills to protect themselves, etc. It is also a friendly and comfortable space for children to develop their imagination, discover new ideas based on many activities and create chances to explore experiences, discuss their feelings and create, as well as give them the ability to think independently and promote teamwork.
The Vietnamese Women’s Museum has just released 3 posters with a bold, new, thought-provoking style, thanks to the help of a local creative agency.
The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is a popular attraction in Hanoi. In two consecutive years 2015-2016, the Museum was listed as the best attraction in Vietnam. The permanent exhibition tells stories about the lives of Vietnamese women, including the memories and contributions of women during times of war, and while practicing and transferring cultural values. The Museum also frequently organizes activities to further the cause of gender equality. Based on the content of the Museum, the agency selected striking images in order to create three posters with strong, creative messages.
The posters are intended to highlight the key role women played in the country’s labor force during the Vietnam War, with the existential challenge they still face in the workplace and society at large today. By linking the history of Vietnamese women’s empowerment through the Vietnam War with current trends in global media, they delivered provocative statements, using PROPAGANDA-style posters, to attract the attention of both foreigners and Vietnamese. These historical messages are well matched with contemporary life, using headlines developed based on modern memes drawn from global political and media landscapes, such as Facebook, women’s rights, and the ‘Glass Ceiling’ debate. The images used for the three posters in this “travel-through-time” series also hint at a wealth of other visual treasures waiting to be discovered within the museum’s historical photo collection.
The Director of the museum, Ms Nguyễn Thị Bích Vân expressed her gratitude to the agency for its contribution to the museum with the following comments: “The museum preserves the cultural heritage of Vietnamese women, but also strives to educate young and old on the importance of gender equality. The posters express the fearless, unwavering spirit of women and the agency’s creators employed a refreshingly innovative means of delivering social messages through visual design.”
Creative agency: Dentsu Vietnam