Thursday, March 3, at the National Library of Romania, the Conference Women during Communism. Collective and Individual Destinies took place.

The conference opened with the presentation of the special guest, British journalist Jessica Douglas-Home, and continued with the presentations of IICCMER experts Irina Hasnaş-Hubbard, Constantin Vasilescu, Ioana Manolache and Mariana-Alina Urs. The general themes addressed by the guests aimed to provide a general overview of women’s detention during the communist period through figures and statistics, but also a particular one through several case studies such as the one of philosopher and man of letters Alice Voinescu or artist Lena Constante.

The event was organized by the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) and the UK Embassy in Bucharest in partnership with the National Library of Romania. His Excellency Paul Brummel (UK Ambassador to Bucharest), Claudia Şerbănuţă (Manager of the National Library of Romania) and Alin Mureşan (Director general of IICCMER) gave opening speeches.