• M. Lormeau

First edition of the Journées du Matrimoine: Liège's Female Heritage in the spotlight

For Madame Christine Defraigne, Première Echevine en charge de l’Egalité Femmes et Hommes et du Patrimoine (1st Alderman in charge of Gender Equality and Heritage) Liège "matrimoine" is as important as the "patrimoine". To celebrate women marks in the Liège heritage, the cité Ardente launched the "Journées du Matrimoine à Liège" to enhance the heritage of yesterday's female artists and intellectuals.

This first edition, also a first in Wallonia, was held during the weekend of 6 and 7 March 2021, echoing the International Women's Rights Day on Monday 8. This initiative was organised by ville de Liège in collaboration with Université de Liège's Faculté d’architecture, its ressearch unit and Wikimedia Belgium.

Illustration: © Ville de Liège

During these two days, the public had the opportunity to attend several online conferences on major Liège female figures such as Léonie de Waha, Hortense Montefiore-Bischoffsheim, or La congrégation des Filles de la Croix.

The edition also offered an original, virtual workshop, "Wikimatrimoine", the aim of which was to reduce the gender bias existing on the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. The workshop was given, by Manon Brulard, co-founder of non-profit organisation HackYourFutureBelgium and Apolline Vranken, founder of non profit organisation l’architecture qui dégenre. The initiative focused on how to write a qualitative page to create/complete/translate notices on illustrious personalities from Liège who are too often and unfairly ignored.

This first edition marks a significant steps toward the acknowledgement of female heritage in the city of Liège and hopefully will be followed by other editions in the years to come.