In summer 2021, the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum started the new project “HERstory – making women in history and society visible”. It aims to show the role of women in history and in today’s societies in Belarus, Germany, Russia and Ukraine.

The project includes online and offline city tours in various cities with a focus on the role of women in society in the past and today. Women have always played an important role in every society, but their achievement is often not recognised. The tours are designed to raise awareness of their invaluable contribution at all levels. They will take place in Berlin, Brest, Ivanovo, Kaliningrad, Kyiv, Lutsk, St. Petersburg and Zaporizhzhya.

Are you interested in joining the tour in one of the cities? Contact us at herstory(at)eu-russia.csf.org !

On a separate online platform (to be published soon) we will show the situation of women in different areas of everyday life, and you can travel virtually to selected cities to take an online tour. The platform will also serve as a networking opportunity for women’s and LGBTQI* organisations.

Another activity within the project was the support for the Summer School “Reconciliation of the Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground” organised by the Ivanovo Center for Gender Studies in Armenia on 4-18 July 2021. During the summer school, the participants, mainly representatives of civil society from different regions in Russia, Ukraine and Armenia, discussed how inter-group agreements can be reached and how divided societies could find together again for the purpose of reconciliation. Women and women’s organisations play an important role in this process. Also, the summer school focused on the memories of ethnic traumas in different regions in Europe, such as the Balkans, the North Caucasus or Armenia. In this context, the group also visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Tsitsernakaberd in Yerevan.

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The project is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.