Since International Women’s Day 2016 the campaign inVISIBLEwomen started by Terri Bell Halliwell in the UK is calling for more plinths for women in the UK. And this is not before time, given that the 85% of civic statues that are of men and arguably form the UK’s oldest subliminal ad-campaign for the patriarchy.
Terri Bell-Halliwell writes about the latest progress:
Now one and a half years later aviator Amy Johnson’s words “believe nothing to be impossible” begin to ring true; we are witnessing a change in attitudes to civic statues.
There is a quiet, persistent power in a civic statue.
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Yesterday evening the Women’s Museum Meran, Italy presented their new book Meraner Geschichte_n. It is a city guide – but not just any city guide. It tells the history of Meran from a female point of view. It was long overdue to tell the many female stories of the city and so the museum published this book at the 700 year anniversary of the city. The book was written by the Women’s Museum Meran in collaboration with our very own coordinator Astrid Schönweger. It has been published in German and Italian.
Mariagrazia Barbiero, Sigrid Prader, Astrid Schönweger, Aldo Mazza, Photo: Sonia Steger
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.
On International Women’s Day 2017 we had the chance to present IAWM through an exhibition at the European Parliament.
The European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality organized a global forum for gender equality leaders from the European Union Members States and beyond to discuss the topic “Women’s Economic Empowerment. Let’s Act Together!”
IAWM has been invited to embed this two-day-event culturally. Images of artifacts and artworks emphasized the themes of the workshops: women and technology, violence against women, work-life-balance, gender-sensitivity in different countries, and the attainment of UN development goals. 12 members of IAWM from 11 countries in America, Africa, Asia and Europe contributed in the exhibition. Leaflets with further information in four languages (English, German, French, Spanish) accompanied the exhibition and can be downloaded here: Folder IAWM Work 17×23-printfile.
The director of the women’s museum Merano Sissi Prader accompanied the coordinator of IAWM, Astrid Schönweger, to Brussels. During the event Schönweger presented the activities and significance of IAWM and the women’s museums worldwide.
From 20th to 24th March part of the exhibition travelled to New York. It was installed at the European Parliament side event of the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Sigrid Prader (director Women’s Museum Merano) and Astrid Schönweger (coordinator of IAWM)
The new exhibition at the Women’s Museum Hittisau in Austria will be inaugurated on 28 october and focuses on a pressing and much discussed topic: Care.
The exhibition pflege das leben… Betreuung * Pflege * Sorgekultur shows a cultural history of care with a sociopolitical approach, an artistic Oral-History project by Ines Agostinelli and artworks by Judith P. Fischer, Martin Jennings, Heide Heimböck, Kirsten Helfrich, Regina Hügli, Anna Jermolaewa, Dorothea Koch, Mark Riklin, Ronja Svaneborg, and Georg Vith.
Photo: Helmut Klapper, 1974, Frauenmuseum Hittisau
The voluntary organisation “Frammenti di storia al femminile” was founded in Cossano Canavese, Italy in 1998. From its beginnings it was a solid and vibrant center for women’s culture collecting, keeping and spreading aural, written and artefact-based women’s memory. The foundation of a women’s museum is one of the goals of the organisation.
The inspiration of the organisation is the exceptional Giulia Avetta, born in 1908 in Cossano, who dedicated her life to other people.