Empowering Women

Women are a key demographic on our journey to Knit the Bridge.

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So we were pleased indeed to be invited to participate in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History‘s Empowering Women Exhibition demonstration this Saturday, March 9th from 1-4pm.

The exhibition on its own is powerful and runs until May 12th – a must see for anyone interested in women’s economic and social empowerment or artist collectives.  From the Empowering Women Exhibition page:

“From Africa to Asia to the Americas, female artisans are creating grassroots cooperatives to reach new markets, raise income, and transform lives. Empowering Women explores the work of ten such enterprises in ten countries. Each has a different motivation: preserving a dying heritage, sustaining the environment, providing a safe haven from violence. Art binds them, but the market drives them. Cooperatives help women survive. They work collaboratively to create products, develop distribution networks, and decide how to distribute or invest revenues.”

Handmade jewelry and clothing from local Ujamaa Collective whose Hill District boutique features their member's work.

Handmade jewelry and clothing from local Ujamaa Collective whose Hill District boutique features their member’s work.

And what really makes this exhibition innovative is its interactive approach to museum exhibitions.  Community Programs Coordinator, Anu Jain has brought in both international and local women’s cooperatives, featuring nationally renown groups like the Guerrilla Girls and local collectives like Ujamaa, and is hosting a one-day symposium April 13th on:

  • international women’s cooperatives
  • cultural traditions and change
  • sustainability
  • micro-lending
  • fair trade
  • public health
  • international affairs
  • human security and human rights
  • social justice

 

(all information can be found at their website, http://www.carnegiemnh.org/exhibitions/empowering.html)

Join Knit the Bridge and the Fiberarts Guild this Saturday afternoon, March 9th to sit and stitch on a Knit the Bridge panel or learn how to knit and/or crochet a contribution of your own.  The demo is free with museum admission.

We hope to see you there!

 

Women of all ages knit for the bridge, like these Girl Scouts in Brookline.

Women of all ages knit for the bridge, like these Girl Scouts in Brookline.

 

 

 

 

 

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