Press Who Cares ? Gender and humanitarian action

TO HEAL A WORLD

From 31 May to 9 October 2022

By presenting a broad selection of objects and little-known accounts spanning more than a century, Who Cares? Gender and humanitarian action invites visitors to take a fresh look at the history of humanitarian action and how it is represented today. Rigid gender roles are commonplace, with men associated with action and leadership while women supply compassion and care. Yet those stereotypes are belied across time by the complexity of humanitarian work and the experience of those engaged in it.

The exhibition is the result of a unique partnership between the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the University of Geneva, with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Press release

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Curators

From the University of Geneva: Brenda Lynn Edgar, Marie Leyder and Dolores Martín Moruno.

From the Museum: Claire FitzGerald and Elisa Rusca, with support from Pascal Hufschmid.


A Swiss national science foundation agora project

Beyond Compassion : Gender and Humanitarian Action, a Swiss National Science Foundation Agora project led by Dolores Martín Moruno.

In an era marked by public health crises and growing resistance in the face of inequality, injustice and exclusion, humanitarian action and the role of women are at the heart of current social issues. Beyond Compassion invites the public to consider the history of humanitarian action through the lens of gender by engaging in dialogue with researchers, people active in the humanitarian and cultural spheres, and active citizens. The project aims to draw lessons from little-known historical figures and events to enhance our understanding of current and future humanitarian action.

Beyond Compassion continues the line of study begun under a 2017–2021 SNSF professorial grant project, Ces femmes qui ont fait l’humanitaire : une histoire genrée de la compassion de la Guerre Franco-Prussienne à la Seconde Guerre Mondiale (“The Women Who Made Humanitarianism: A gendered history of compassion from the Franco-Prussian War to World War II”), and another SNSF project, L’humanitaire vécu : Genre, expériences et savoirs (1853- 1945) (“Lived Humanitarianism: Gender, experience and knowledge (1853–1945)”).


Scenography

Raphaèle Gygi : Raphaèle Gygi | Scénographe (raphaelegygi.com).


Visual identity

Flavia Cocchi : Accueil – Atelier Cocchi Switzerland Atelier Cocchi Switzerland.


The exhibition in figures

  • More than 5 years of research
  • More than 200 objects
  • About twenty private institutional lenders
  • About twenty academic case studies based on the research of our partner UNIGE
  • An important work of research and development of the Museum’s Collections

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Media contact

North Communication

Laure Külling
Tel. +41 79 576 25 67
laure@north-communication.ch

Objects

Unknown Mobile medical unit France, 1914–1918. – International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva.
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Unknown, Japanese Red Cross Society nurse’s uniform, Boots, Japan, 1940–1950. – ICRC long-term loan. International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva. © Zoé Aubry
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Unknown Algerian Red Crescent Algeria, ca. 1960 – ICRC long-term loan. International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva.
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Unknown Japanese Red Cross Society nurse’s uniform, Armband, Japan, 1940–1950. – ICRC long-term loan. International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva. © Zoé Aubry
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Unknown, Woman alongside wounded people during the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis China, 1958. – International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva.
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Unknown, "Enthusiastic Red Cross members! Take an active part in public health promotion exercises!", Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 1956–1957. – ICRC long-term loan. International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva.
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Unknown, Janet Ndoti, whose tasks included sterilizing instruments in the operating theatre, during her training at King George V Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, 1952. – International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva.
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Unknown Red Cross hospital aboard a steamship Italy, 1914–1918 – International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva.
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Unknown “Vittorio Emanuele III” Red Cross field hospital Turin, Italy, 31 May 1916 – International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva.
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Unknown, "Join the Japanese Red Cross", Tokyo, 1958. – International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva.
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Samina Sattar, Blood transfusion service, Pakistan, 1987. – International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva.
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