Preserving and learning from historical accounts of marginalized peoples.

Noortje Willems talks about the importance of collections such as Atria’s Knowledge Institute for Emancipation and Women’s History. She discusses how, especially in the current geopolitical situation, collections such as these are under particular pressure. When 80% of the content on Wikipedia is submitted by male writers, Noortje asks who is responsible for archiving our shared history, and explores what actions we can take to close the gender gap.

About the speaker

Noortje Willems is communications advisor at Atria, institute on gender equality and women’s history. Atria’s library and archive in the center of Amsterdam host one of the world’s largest collections on women, gender and diversity. As hub-manager, Noortje Willems is responsible for programming and organizing events, inspired by or activating Atria’s collection, and turning Atria’s library into a place where gender is happening.

Photo: © Atria / Jaap Beyleveld

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