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Dear members,
 
after a year's delay, our 6th International Women’s Conference will now finally take place in Hittisau, Austria. Due to the pandemic the conference will be hosted as a hybrid event.

Please save the date: August, 31 - September 3, 2021.
In this email you will get basic information 
  1. on the conference and website
  2. on your visibility on it as well as 
  3. on the candidacy for the new board elections
 
 
1. CONFERENCE AND WEBSITE
 
It is our pleasure to share with you the information that the IAWM conference website is now online.  
   
The website will be the central communication and organizational hub for the 6th International Women’s Conference in Hittisau, IAWM’s first hybrid conference.   
The website will contain all information required (registration, travel info as well as digital support). 
Please note that the website is intended to be a growing work in progress. All relevant information will be collected on this website and will also be updated regularly.  

Registration will soon be open.  

Please peruse the website often as soon as it is available and share it on your museum’s website and social media channels so that our accessibility will be increased. If you have any specific questions, please contact us: 
  
Stefania Pitscheider Soraperra, director of FMH stefania.pitscheider@frauenmuseum.at 
Angelika Hausegger, conference coordinator at FMH iawm@frauenmuseum.at
Judith Mittelberger, assistant to IAWM info@iawm.international



2. YOUR STATEMENTS ON THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE 
 
We invite all women’s museums and initiatives to be visible on the conference’s website. Therefore, we ask you to share a statement with us.  
Please choose one of the following sentence fragments and complete it. 
  
Sentence fragments you may use: 
 
 “Creating means…“ – “… creating ….“ – “… IAWM …” – “… IAWM conferences…” – “… women …” – “ … society ...” – “… my dream …” – “ … gender equality …” –  “…sustainability…” –  “ … women in museums …” “... feminism…” – “...girls...” 
 
Examples:  
  
“We need to bring together sustainability and feminism.” 
Stefania Pitscheider Soraperra, Frauenmuseum Hittisau (Women's Museum Hittisau), Austria 
 
IAWM conferences give women’s museums all over the world a possibility to connect.” 
Mona Holm, Kvinnemuseet i Norge (Women’s Museum Norway) 

Women's museums are places of empowerment, friction and discussions, where power relations are questioned and participation processes are initiated.” 
Gaby Franger, Museum Frauenkultur Regional - International (Museum Women's cultures Regional - International), Fürth/Burgfarrnbach,  Germany 
 
Women's museums research women's history, make it visible and promote women's culture.”  
Sigrid Prader, Frauenmuseum Meran (Women’s Museum Meran), Italy  
 
Women's museums are perfect places to dream and fight for dreams.” 
Elsa Ballauri, MiG - Muzeu i Grave (Albanian Women's Museum)    
 
“Women need to be more visible in all museums.” 
Kyehyeong Ki, Gender Museum Korea, South Korea 
 
 
Please send your quotes with your and your institution’s name until 
April 30, 2021 toiawm@frauenmuseum.at
  

 
 3.   UPCOMING EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS
 
Due to the still ongoing difficulties caused by the pandemic, we will hold the Assembly in hybrid form, the Board elections will be digital only. 
 
In spite of all the difficulties, this has the advantage that all voting members (physical and virtual museums) will be able to vote virtually.
We will soon communicate the exact procedure of the election as such, now it is about recruiting and introducing candidates for the next period of the Executive Board.
 
As a reminder: The Executive Board consists of at least 5 and not more than 7 persons, ideally from different continents; consisting of Chairwoman, Deputy Chairwoman, Treasurer and up to four more members. They shall be elected for the period of 4 years. Any full member (physical and virtual museums) can be elected and re-elected.
 
Tasks: The Executive Board members are responsible for the management of the Association and shall do their utmost to promote IAWM in the context of the Statutes and the resolutions of the General Assembly. The Executive Board usually meets virtually around once a month for a meeting of 1-2 hours.
 
Eligible for Executive Board: Every full member if membership form and fees are in order.
 
How to candidate for the Executive Board? In order to conduct the elections in a well-informed and transparent manner we ask all members who want to run for the board to send your application documents to info@iawm.international not later as 13th May 2021
  • a short biography (not more than 100 words and photo)
  • a short statement, why you want to join and what could you contribute to manage and promote IAWM (100 words).
All applications will be posted on the conference website in the part that is only accessible for members.

For your information please find here the statutes of 2016.

Almost all current board members are willing to present themselves again as candidates, but are happy to welcome new candidates for the next period.

We are sorry that Catherine is no longer able to be on the Board, because of changes in her job situation.
 
The current members of the Board are:
  • Mona Holm, Chairwomen Norway
  • Lydie Olga Ntap, Deputy Chair woman, Canada
  • Gaby Franger, Germany, (since Jan. 2021, interim honorary executive manager)
  • Claudia Mandel Katz, Costa Rica
  • Kye-Hyeong Ki, Korea
  • Elsa Ballauri, Albania
  • Catherine M. King, USA


We are looking forward to the conference and meeting you again soon.  
 
Best regards,
Mona Holm
Chairwoman of IAWM
Stefania Pitscheider Soraperra
Director of Women's Museum Hittisau
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