On October 30, the grand opening of a new cultural and educational space, the Centre of Gender Culture, took place in Kharkiv.
The new extended space which brought the Center for Gender Culture and the Museum of Women and Gender History under one roof is the first gender museum in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. From now on, it carries out various activities for different target audiences. Special gender issues program for teachers of the Kharkiv region have already been taking place. About 180 people have participated in these events so far. Training for 20 women planning to establish their business was held in the Center for Small and Medium Business. Children’s Art Platform for kids and youth was also launched. In the near future, women’s leadership programs and new children’s programs will be commenced.
Now, many more visitors will be able to attend a wide variety of exhibitions. Interactive displays have been installed with the support of Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.
On an opening day, Tetiana Isaieva, museum’s director, presented “Through the Glass Ceiling” and “Invisible Battalion” displays for all comers. This was made possible thanks to the support of Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.
The following representatives of local authorities were among the guests: Svitlana Horbunova-Ruban, deputy mayor for health and social protection, Yulia Sedaya, Governor’s counselor on gender policy and anti-discrimination, Maria Mezentseva and Olha Chichina, city council’s deputy.
Olena Masalitina, a gender expert, noted the importance of the Centre’s work in the implementation of the state gender policy for the Kharkiv region and for the country as a whole.
The event was also attended by representatives of the public sector, education, science, culture, business, leadership and volunteers of the centers of gender education at universities.
Peter Cribley, the founder of an English language communications consulting firm Lucky Pupil who joined the fundraising company and managed to raise about £800 for the museum, Serhii Velikhodskiy, coordinator of UN Population Fund project “Focal Point on Gender Violence”, Margarita Vasquez Panez, Monitor Officer on Human Rights, Gender and Minorities Focal Point in OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and Vyacheslav Kurinniy, regional representative of the European Fund for Democracy were among honored guests at the opening ceremony.
Some visitors presented new exhibits to the museum. In particular, Serhii Velikhodskiy gave “Masculinity’s Research” book which covers men’s issues in modern society. Olha Chichina gifted a book about Kharkiv.
The Centre of Gender Culture is open to cooperation and interaction. It welcomes visitors from Tuesday to Sunday at 124-A Moskovskiy Av.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Centre of Gender Culture