Musée de la femme Henriette Bathily

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Musée de la femme Henriette Bathily

Senegal
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
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Annette was the first professional female journalist in Senegal and over the years has been a strong advocate for decolonization, women's rights, and Pan-Africanism. Her latest project, Le Musée de la Femme Henriette Bathily, on the island of Goree in the harbor of Dakar was the first women's museum in Africa.

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In 1977, Annette was key to establishing the Fédération des Associations Féminines du Sénégal (FAFS), a federation of hundreds of Senegalese women groups, and today she serves as the organization’s honorary president. It was through her work with FAFS that Annette, inspired by the organization’s series of profiles on women, began to develop the idea of creating a permanent exposition on women, displaying women-made products and the history of women and featuring the work or women’s organizations. Annette continued to utilize the media as an instrumental tool in generating awareness of women’s issues; In 1996, the Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dakar, an annual film festival in Dakar that she founded earlier in the decade, focused its theme on “Women and the Cinema,” proclaiming as its motto, “When women of the cinema take action, African cinema moves forward.” During these years, Annette also served several government positions, including Commissioner of the Regional Information in Diourbel and Program Director of Radio Senegal. Annette is the founder and director of The Henriette Bathily Museum of Women in Senegal, which aims to “contribute its share in education and the valorization of the Senegalese cultural heritage by promoting the role and position of women in society.” The museum was established in 1994, based on the ideas of Ousmane William Mbaye (Annette’s son) in collaboration with the Consortium of African Audiovisual Communication, and with the endorsement of the first woman Prime Minister of Culture in Senegal and several museum directors in Dakar along with financial support from the Canadian government. At the time of its establishment, it was the first women’s museum in Africa.In 1977, Annette was key to establishing the Fédération des Associations Féminines du Sénégal (FAFS), a federation of hundreds of Senegalese women groups, and today she serves as the organization’s honorary president. It was through her work with FAFS that Annette, inspired by the organization’s series of profiles on women, began to develop the idea of creating a permanent exposition on women, displaying women-made products and the history of women and featuring the work or women’s organizations. Annette continued to utilize the media as an instrumental tool in generating awareness of women’s issues; In 1996, the Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dakar, an annual film festival in Dakar that she founded earlier in the decade, focused its theme on “Women and the Cinema,” proclaiming as its motto, “When women of the cinema take action, African cinema moves forward.” During these years, Annette also served several government positions, including Commissioner of the Regional Information in Diourbel and Program Director of Radio Senegal. Annette is the founder and director of The Henriette Bathily Museum of Women in Senegal, which aims to “contribute its share in education and the valorization of the Senegalese cultural heritage by promoting the role and position of women in society.” The museum was established in 1994, based on the ideas of Ousmane William Mbaye (Annette’s son) in collaboration with the Consortium of African Audiovisual Communication, and with the endorsement of the first woman Prime Minister of Culture in Senegal and several museum directors in Dakar along with financial support from the Canadian government. At the time of its establishment, it was the first women’s museum in Africa.