Sister Organisations

Glasgow Women’s Library is part of a wide-reaching and diverse network of libraries, information centres and organisation devoted to helping women find the information they need to improve their lives and the societies they live in. From internationally recognised archives to grassroots activists, feminist publishers and blogs, these links are just some of the sister organisations the Library works with and has been inspired by.

Many of the Library projects, policies and initiatives have developed after peer group visits, contacts or discussions. One early inspiration came from exchange visits with Kunstlerinnenarchiv, Nurnberg (now located at Bildwechsel, Hamburg) in 1990/1. Another inspiring sister organization was the former Women Artists Slide Library, now the Women’s Art Library (MAKE), based at Goldsmith’s College, London.

We are members of the Women’s Information Network Europe (WINE), which has over 50 member organisations from women’s libraries, archives and information centres across Europe. We are also part of the KnowHow community, a worldwide network of information specialists who are making information about the position of women in society available and accessible. Staff from the library have attended the internationally renowned KnowHow conferences in Amsterdam and Mexico City, which offered fantastic opportunities for networking, inspiration and learning.

Sister Organisations

  • Aletta, Amsterdam Aletta (formerly the IIAV) is the home of the International Archives for the Women’s Movement. By collecting and making our heritage available, Aletta aims to inspire, to increase knowledge and to promote research on the position of women.
  • Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive of Wales Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive of Wales promotes the recognition of women in Welsh history and the preservation of sources of women’s history in Wales.
  • Bildwechsel Hamburg-based sister organisation supporting and collecting work by women artists.
  • Elles @ Centre Pompidou Women artists in the collections of the Pompidou Centre, Paris
  • Engender Engender campaigns to ensure that women and their concerns have greater visibility and equal representation at all levels of Scottish society.
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission The commission is working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.
  • Fawcett Fawcett is the UK’s leading campaign for equality between women and men.
  • Glasgow Roller Derby Members of Glasgow Roller Derby have been working with artist Ellie Harrison on the National Museum of Roller Derby as part of GWL’s 20th anniversary celebrations
  • Gwasg Honno Press Honno is an independent co-operative press run by women and committed to bringing you the best in Welsh women’s writing.
  • Know How Mapping the World of Women’s Information Services
  • Linen Press Small Lothian-based publisher devoted to writing for women, by women
  • n.paradoxa This international feminist art journal publishes scholarly and critical articles highlighting feminist art and feminist art theory written by women critics, art historians and artists on and in relation to the work of contemporary women artists
  • PinkStinks PinkStinks is a campaign and social enterprise that challenges the culture of pink which invades every aspect of girls’ lives.
  • Raw Nerve Books Small feminist press publishing controversial, under-represented and experimental work on paper and online.
  • ReadingLasses ReadingLasses is the only specialist women’s bookshop left in the UK and the 13th last such bookshop in the whole world.
  • Scottish Women's Convention The SWC provides opportunities for women to engage in focused debate about specific issues of concern and to influence policy decisions in Scotland.
  • The F Word Contemporary UK Feminism (blog)
  • Two Ravens Press An independent publisher of cutting-edge contemporary literature, based in the Highlands.
  • Unicef Millenium Development Goals Target by 2015: Eliminate gender disparity at all levels of education by 2015 and empower women.
  • Women’s Art Library/Make The Women’s Art Library was established in order to enhance public knowledge of the practice, impact and achievement of women in visual culture and contains extensive documentation of women’s art practice.
  • Women's Information Network Europe WINE is a network of women’s libraries, archives and information centres in Europe.
  • Women's Library, London The Women’s Library, London is a cultural centre housing the most extensive collection of women’s history in the UK.
  • Women's Views on News Provides up to date news on all the major national and international stories of the day, in much the same way as any newspaper or online news service, but the stories they feature here are always about women.