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San Diego Exhibit Puts Women Empowerment On Display

Above: Members of the Gahaya Links Cooperative at their Kigali workshop weaving baskets, Rwanda, 2007. Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Lives

Aired 1/29/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Margaret Hartnett, Director of Education and Visitor Experience, San Diego Museum of Man

Rex Garniewicz, Deputy Director, San Diego Museum of Man

Transcript

For generations, people learned about different cultures through conflicts and war. Often times, the picture we came away with was one in which women stayed home, prepared the food and raised the children. But now, micro-industries are showing the world what women have been creating for centuries - intricate folk art, and hand-crafts that both create and preserve a community's cultural heritage.

A new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man features the works of 10 women-led artisan projects from around the world. The exhibit is called: Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities.

Credit: Stephanie Mendez

Samburu women singing in Umoja Uaso Village, Kenya, 200s. Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Lives

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