National Museums Liverpool has facilitated a visit to the city from Monica Fein, the first female elected Socialist Mayor in Argentine history.
On 22 February, Mayor Fein visited the International Slavery Museum and also met with Liverpool’s Mayor, Joe Anderson, to sign a concord agreement between the cities of Rosario (Argentina) and Liverpool (UK).
The agreement is based on a combined commitment to human rights through the work of the cities’ two museums, the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool and the Museum for International Democracy, led by the FundaciÃ³n para la Democracia Internacional, in Rosario.
The concord pledges to establish a basis for cooperation between the two cities, encouraging tolerance, promoting inclusion and fostering human rights.
The Mayors will further agree to support the efforts of both the International Slavery Museum and the Museo Para la Democracia Internacional in their active campaigning work against modern slavery and discrimination.
Both Museums are represented on the Council of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM).
David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool, said: “This is a milestone for the city of Liverpool. Mayor Fein is a major player in Argentinian politics and we’re proud that her visit to Liverpool to meet Mayor Anderson is a result of the international partnership work between two cultural organisations. It is testament to the power of our Museums which campaign actively to combat injustice and encourage social inclusion. This campaigning has never been more important than right now.
“International cooperation is critical for the development of culture and progression of human rights. We look forward to continuing our close work with the Museo Para la Democracia Internacional and its inspirational leader, Guillermo Whpei in Argentina and beyond”.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “The vision of the city of Liverpool is to be a distinctive global city. One of its key priorities is to empower people to enjoy the best possible quality of life and reach their full potential by reducing inequalities and improving life chances.”
Mayor Fein said: “The city of Rosario has an international outlook, and is working to create a city of solidarity which is inclusive and has equal opportunities for all. The city is developing its’ public spaces to encourage inclusion and enhance relationships based on identity, participation and citizenship. The potential of working with Liverpool is compelling”.
The International Slavery Museum is the only national museum in the world to cover transatlantic slavery and its legacies as well as modern forms of slavery and enslavement. It highlights the international importance of enslavement and slavery, both in an historic and modern context. Working in partnership with other organisations with a focus on freedom and enslavement, the Museum provides opportunities for greater awareness and understanding of the legacies of slavery today. This includes highlighting positive Black role models from history and popular culture.
Image: Signing of the concord agreement – Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson (l), Director of National Museums Liverpool, David Fleming (centre) and Rosario Mayor Monica Fein (r). Image courtesy of Ant Clausen.