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In this section you find selected links to archives, that at least in part, give you online access to their materials. These archives either address global feminisms or are based in the Global South. They offer a wealth of resources to further explore the topics addressed in the modules

This archive by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, managed by the foundation’s headquarters in Germany, presents information in German and in English. It is a repertoire of articles on events and international projects globally and provides introductions to various topics concerning gender discourses, as well as international data and reports on feminism and gender democracy. 

Gala is a centre for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTQI) culture and education in South Africa. Its archive serves as a repertoire of LGBTQI academic research, community history and cultural artefacts in Africa. Although most paper artefacts are only available by visiting the centre at Wits, the online archive offers an introduction to some of the collections and projects (e.g. Archives of the Intimate, Seeking Sanctuary), stories archive, publications, as well as updates on the latest news and events.

This archive is in German language and is a project funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and others. The materials that deal with the topics of gender, racism, discrimination, and inequality. It is a repository of films, songs, poems, articles that tackle a wide-range of themes: anti-racism, emancipation, resistance to colonialism, racism, and exploitation.

The Gunda-Werner-Insitut (linked to the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung) is running the ‘Gender Mediathek’ that compiles primarily audio-visual media items useful for teaching and learning in feminist and gender related topics.  The website is in German only, but the materials are at times in English or other languages or have subtitles in English or other languages. 

This English language archive on gender is compiled by the North America Office of Heinrich Böll Stiftung and addresses Global Dialogue on gender issues – including Green Economy, Climate Fund or Missing Women and G20. It contains various reports on the foundation’s projects that address issues of gender inequality and also has white papers that discuss the deep-rooted structural (including economic, political and legal) as well as societal and cultural causes of gender inequality and responses of various intergovernmental organizations (e.g. IMF, World Bank, UN SDGs)

This archive is in an application software version available for iOS, Android and Blackberry, instead of a website. It is developed by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (IZFG) of the University of Bern, Switzerland and was funded by the Swiss government. It gives access to a wealth of material on the legal international frameworks for human rights of women and girls and offers links and references for further reading on each topic.

The ‘Sound and Picture Archive for Research on Women’ (SPARROW) is an India-based Women’s Archive. It emerged in 1988 from the work of several Indian feminist scholars and collects materials in English but also in a variety of other languages. It has photographs, films, documentaries, audio recordings and reports that cover the women’s movement in India - from the Freedom Movements, the Experiences of Dalit Women, Pioneering Science Studies to Communalism, Violence and Human Rights – just to name some elements of the broad collection. 

Although not an archive, the website of this UN organisation provides reports and data on the global situation of women through its stories of change, global and regional fact sheets and data insights ranging from women negotiating for rights in families, balancing the responsibility for care or violence against women and girls to migration trends. 

Last update: 25 August 2020

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