On February 1 2013, at a festive ceremony in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam, the new name of the Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History was revealed. It is Atria. This institute results from the merger of Aletta, Institute for Women’s History and E-Quality, Information Centre for Gender, Family and Diversity Issues. Both institutions have a long history of advocating for gender equality and women’s history.

Atria is the institute on gender equality and women’s history and provides a deep understanding of women – in all their diversity – and their history: women from all levels of society, from diverse ethnic backgrounds and with diverse sexual orientations, women working outside the home and those not, women with and without children. Atria identifies opportunities and challenges for equal rights and the empowerment of women. She brings these issues to light through her library and archive, as well as by publishing research, expert opinions and whitepapers and providing trainings for government, business and educational institutions.
Atria believes in bringing people and ideas together in order to bring us closer to a future in which men and women not only have equal opportunities, but also enjoy truly equal rights. Atria’s Director Renée Römkens explains, “From our new institute for gender equality and women’s history, we want to fundamentally question notions about men and women that are currently taken for granted in society – and do this in new and imaginative ways. Imagine a world in which the differences between women and men no longer matter. Imagine a world where the differences between genders are obvious but no longer result in social constructs that constrain both women and men and sustain patterns that ultimately lead to inequality. Imagine a world in which masculinity and femininity exist on a continuum of gender possibilities.”.

Facts & figures about Atria
Research and Consultancy:
research projects on a wide range of topics.  Solicited and unsolicited advice to policy makers and politicians.
Factsheets containing facts and figures on a variety of subjects.  Organize and participate in expert meetings.

105,000 books, periodicals, brochures, reports and dissertations; 65 meters of additional documents;
30,000 articles; 12,000 flyers and prints; biographical clippings related to 9,000 women.

Including the famous collection on Women and Music.
1,300 meters of archive (700 archives); 250 ego documents; 30,000 photographs;
1,430 objects; 1,000 recordings; 84 oral history interviews.
Public services:
650,000 (online) visitors per year via various websites;  Atria organizes at least 7 seminars each year.

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+31 (0)20 30 31 519

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Stichting Tera de Marez Oyens Fonds

Stichting Tera de Marez Oyens Fonds

5655 AE Eindhoven

The Netherlands

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Stichting Vrouw en Muziek

In 1985 werd voor het eerst in Nederland op grote schaal aandacht gevraagd voor de positie van de vrouw in de muziek. In november van dat jaar organiseerde de Stichting Gaudeamus een driedaags 'Festival Vrouwen en Muziek' in de IJsbreker te Amsterdam. Tijdens dit festival, dat met groot enthousiasme door pers en publiek werd ontvangen, werd het initiatief genomen om een organisatie op te richten die in de toekomst de aandacht voor de vrouw in de muziek levend moest houden. Componisten, musicologen en musici vormden de Werkgroep (vanaf 1987 Stichting) Vrouw en Muziek, die zich ten doel stelde, door het organiseren van concerten, lezingen en tentoonstellingen en het stimuleren van wetenschappelijk onderzoek meer belangstelling te kweken voor het scheppend aandeel van vrouwen in de muziek. Sindsdien heeft Vrouw en Muziek onder andere een groot aantal concerten georganiseerd, publicaties uitgebracht, een documentatiecentrum opgebouwd en diverse nieuwsbrieven uitgegeven. Stichting Vrouw en Muziek organiseert zo mogelijk jaarlijks een LuisterSalon. Hier kunnen bezoekers muziekopnames in allerlei stijlen van vrouwelijke componisten in Nederland beluisteren in een rustige, speciaal ingerichte ruimte. Veel van de componistes zijn aanwezig en er is een tafelexpositie met informatie, cd's en boeken. Alle leden van Stichting vrouw en muziek verrichten hun werkzaamheden onbezoldigd.


Samenstelling van het bestuur:

Renske Vrolijk – voorzitter
Hannah Bosma – secretaris
Carolyn Munts – penningmeester
Dos Elshout – lid
Lena Seidl - lid



The Stichting Vrouw en Muziek (Dutch Women and Music Foundation) is a national organization located in Amsterdam and has been established in 1987 to 'organize and stimulate activities to improve the interest into the creative work of women in music.' A series of activities has since been developed that resulted in a wide variety of projects and publications. During its first 20 years the foundation has collected a large archive of scores, compositions, audio- and videotapes, news clippings and photographs. This archive has been transferred to Aletta, institute for women's history. After working many years on a volunteer basis, the national government acknowledged the importance of the foundation with a four-year grant for the period 2001-2004. Together with additional external funds, numerous new activities were undertaken, such as: the development of a strategic communication policy; the development of a website, accessible in Dutch and English; a digital catalogue of its archive, including audiovisual materials, scores, and literature; the presentation of various projects, including concert series and publications, often in conjunction with other organizations. In 2005 it was decided to shift the focus from 'female composers' to 'the creative work of women in music’, in line with the foundation's initial statutes. The foundation will now also address for example musical performance art, improvised music and female musicians. The support of the conference "Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of Contemporary Vocality and Performance" is an example thereof. Since 2005, all members of the Dutch Women and Music Foundation work on a volunteer basis.


Stichting Vrouw en Muziek

Renske Vrolijk, chairperson
c/o Muziek Centrum Nederland,
Rokin 111, 1012 KN Amsterdam - Netherlands
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