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.
On Friday, 14 September the Musée de la Femme de Marrakech opened its doors for the first time to the public. We would like to congratulate the whole museum team to this wonderful work!
The opening exhibition is a huge success. It is called “Rural Women, Artist Women” and is a homage to the rural women across Morocco. The exhibition shows different objects from the daily life of rural women: costumes, carpets, jewellery, accessory, painting, photography, contemporary art…
Love stories of pioneering, trailblazing, awesomely amazing girls? Check out Junior Girl Tia Shah’s newest blog column, Trailblazers, including the story of 18th-century Wang Zhenyi.
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.
One of the current projects at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is the conservation and display of the Signature Quilt. The Signature Quilt is a centrepiece of the museum’s collection, a “patchwork of empowerment” containing the signatures of 343 Australian women who have been first in a variety of fields within Australia, their State or Territory or their community.
This unique object is very popular with visitors and has been on display continuously since 2003. We are committed to continuing to make it accessible to the public but in a way that properly conserves the Quilt. Through very generous efforts of individuals and local organisations, we have raised our own funds for the Quilt project, which have been supplemented by a successful Heritage grant from the Northern Territory Government. Conservator Carolyn McLennan visited us in October and has since provided us with a condition report that has formed the basis of our ongoing discussions as to how to best care for the Quilt, and make it accessible to our visitors. We are now ready to start work on the fit-out of the new display for the Quilt.
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!
The Women’s Museum of Ireland was founded in November 2012 as a project that aimed to promote the formal recognition of the role of women in Irish history as well as the role of Irish women abroad.
The museum’s first event was the exhibition, Monster’s of Creation: Snapshots of Women in Higher Education, which displayed images of pioneering Irish women in higher education in Ireland. For this exhibition the museum asked the public to contribute their own images to the museum to show the amazing range of achievments of women in university and higher education.
Since it’s launch the museum has worked to educate the public about the contributions of women to cultural, political and social history in Ireland, and the role Irish women have played overseas. The museum primarily exists as a virtual museum but has hosted several pop-up events around Dublin. The museum’s next project is the Women of Dublin project, which will create a new map of the city of Dublin which will highlight the contributions that women have made to the history and development of the city.
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
“Kunst mit KLASSE!” – “Art with CLASS”: Opening on 11th September 2016. Creative outcomes from one year in form of images, texts and music are presented in the exhibition.