Craftistas – Women’s*Workshop

Nominated 2015

Country: Austria

Region: Vienna

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Gender-sensitive work

Project owner: Verein Craftistas Wien

Responsible person: Melanie van Bemmel

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What is it about?

In Vienna’s 16th district, girls and women can learn about things technical and about all sorts of crafts(wo)manship – in theory or in practice, guided or on their own, in any case: free of any (male) observer. On offer: do it yourself WORKshops in wood, metal, leather, textiles, electronics, renovating; repair-, recycling- and energy-cafés; and Open Women WORKshop afternoons for a maximum of eight women at a time. Payment is up to every girl’s or woman’s own judgement. A “Mobile Women*WORKshop” and a tool rental system are presently being set up. These various learning and WORKing spaces for girls and women are to very practically counteract pervasive gender codes that still – or once again – reign supreme.