Since 2013 the project “Women 100” (One Hundred Years of Immigrant Women‘s Life and Work in Malmö) – or “Women Making History,” has tried to make visible and recognize immigrant women´s life and work in Malmö.
Since the start we have used different methods in order to visualize and unfold the untold stories of immigrant women in Malmö. The aim was not to limit the project to ending up in a box of collected stories, but to involve the storytellers in the processes of participation.
The endeavor was initiated by Feminist Dialog, Malmö Stad, Malmö Museum and went on to include Malmö University, ABF, Malmö City Archive, the civil society, the women organizations, networks and individuals. Until today Women 100 has arranged seminars, workshops, lectures, exhibition, interviews, newsletters and a tumbler site. It has thus combined face-to-face communication with printed material and a digital platform as part of its participatory communication.
Newsletter no. 4 is a collection of articles that describes the different methods participation used for unfolding women immigrant stories. If you are interested in knowing more about the discussions, questions and criticisms of the project read “A Circular History on a Flat Wall,” which recounts the evaluation workshop on the Women Making History exhibition. “Seeds that Have Bloomed” reports from a home meeting with South American women where various opinions and experiences of migration and identity ‘politics’ were debated.
“To Say the Truth or Not, Which One is Important?” reports from a workshop were feminist interview methods were presented and tried out. Techniques that were later used to conduct interviews in the project.
“We Know the Truth About Our Own Lives” recounts from a seminar and workshop, arranged by Roma women in order to know more about the their history.
If you are interested in digging into the history of immigrant women in Malmö you should read “Unfolding Stories and Archives”.
To feel and experience what workplace discrimination can entail you should read the workshop report “Do You Have the Experience of Being Discriminated at Work?”
And finally, “I Must Struggle Everey Day” that tells about women’s daily struggles and their future hope, which was discussed at an informal meeting. Last but not least, these workshops, articles, reports and the methods would not have been made possible if not for the immigrant women of Malmö who have dared to share their life stories and work experiences with us.
Thank you for the trust!
The Editorial Group
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