Meetings on intangible cultural heritage (co-)organized by UNESCO

3 element(s) – “women, gender issues”

Expert meeting on Gender and Intangible Cultural Heritage08/10-12-2003, Paris (France)

The meeting discussed how to accommodate gender issues in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. To what extent does the intangible cultural heritage depend on gender-specific practices and transmission? Does recognition and encouragement of female transmitters of intangible heritage contribute to the empowerment of women in contemporary societies? Can the concept of gender equality always be compatible with the preservation of traditional cultures and lifeways? How can we accommodate gender issues in the field of intangible cultural heritage? Ten participants addressed these and other questions to find realistic and meaningful solutions, with a view to the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Expert meeting on Women, Intangible Heritage and Development25/27-06-2001, Tehran (Iran (Islamic Republic of))

The International Expert Meeting, Women, Intangible Heritage and Development was held in Tehran on 25–27 June, 2001 and jointly organised by the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO Headquarters Intangible Heritage Section.

The purpose of the meeting was to provide an informal forum in which to evaluate the six regional feasibility studies undertaken on a decentralised basis by six UNESCO Offices representing their respective regions. They were Apia (Pacific), Accra (Africa), Beirut (Arab States), Mexico (Latin America), New Delhi (Asia), Tashkent (Central Asia). The studies, prepared on the basis of replies to questionnaires sent to all major specialised institutions within the Member States concerned, provided an overview of major research, institutions and issues relating to woman, intangible heritage and development, as well as recommendations for future directions and actions to be taken in this domain in each region.

  • Regional Study in Africa, by Ms. Esi Sutherland-Addy (English)
  • Regional Study in Arab States, by Ms. Annie Tohmé-Tabet (English)
  • Regional Study in Asia, by Mr. Maitrayee Chaudhuri and Ms. Urvashi Chandra (English)
  • Regional Study in Central Asia, by Marfua Tokhtakhodjaeva (English)
  • Regional Study in Latin America, by Dora Cardaci (English)
  • Regional Study in the Pacific, by Ms. Susanna Kelly and Mr. Lissant Bolton (English)
  • Final report (English)

International Symposium on the Role of Women in the Transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage27/30-09-1999, Tehran (Iran (Islamic Republic of))

This Symposium was organised to implement the Draft Resolution approved by the 29th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in November 1997. That Resolution was presented by the Iranian authorities in response to their concern that the significance of women’s role in the transmission of intangible heritage has not been adequately recognised, and that it is necessary to bring the matter to the attention of the international community.

The Symposium provided a forum whereby further steps to be taken in the preservation, revitalisation and greater recognition of women’s significant role in relation to intangible cultural heritage could be constructively examined. As women are so often the principal transmitters of much intangible heritage in cultures worldwide, it is imperative that their role in reaching these objectives is a meaningful and central one.

Fourteen participants from twelve countries and eight participants from Iran attended the conference. The participants included practitioners, researchers and government officials. Several observers were also present.

The meeting was jointly organised and funded by UNESCO and the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO.