Interview with Gaby Franger, Curator Museum Frauenkultur Regional-International, Fürth/Bavaria, Germany

Gaby Franger is since 1989 curator of a multitude of exhibitions about women’s culture and every-day lives for “Women in One World. Centre for international and intercultural research on women’s daily lives” and other institutions. She is author of a great number of publications about regional women’s history, cultural-historical studies and human rights. Franger was between 1997 – 2015 head of the study program International Social Work and Development (B.A.), Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts and since 2014 lecturer at Alice Salomon University Berlin; Social Work as a Human Rights Profession (M.A.).
Museum Frauenkultur Regional-International, Fürth/Bavaria, Germany  http://www.frauenindereinenwelt.de/

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Women’s Museum Istanbul:  How do you define your inclusive concept?

Gaby Franger:  My concept of inclusion is apolitical concept and a concept of human rights. Inclusion means to me that everybody has the same rights to access everything the society is providing. That includes for example equal access to institutions, to education, to health services, to culture. If there are groups in the society which do not have equal chances to approach all these kinds of services, we as a society have to provide for them. As long as women do not have the place they should have as half of the society, as long as that is a fact, Women’s Museums are crucial – to increase women’s visibility and to give them a voice.

Our museum recognizes and affirms all forms of cultural diversity at local, regional and international levels and tries to reflect this diversity in the policies and programs of the museum. The words in the name of the museum “Regional – International” indicate the concept of  the museum.  All exhibitions of the museum  show aspects of women’s everyday lives around the world in a comparative way, thus enabling the visitors to gain new insights.

The comparative approach of the exhibition concepts helps to change perceptions about “me” and “the stranger”  and turns assumed contradictions into similarities.

Interview: Kristina Kraemer, Gül Aydın

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