The Carhif-AVG, Centre d’Archives et de Recherches pour l’Histoire des Femmes – Archief- en Onderzoekscentrum voor Vrouwengeschiedenis (°1995), specialises in the history of women, gender and sexualities. We preserve the heritage of persons and organizations working on these issues. Our collections and projects tell their history and show how thinking about gender evolves over time. We make these resources available for research and introduce a broader public to this heritage and aspects of gender history, by way of publications, exhibitions and other projects. We are a bilingual and pluralist association that receives funding from the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men.

Who’s involved in it?

We work with a team of 3.

What’s your origin story and your motivation?

We started in 1995, after a study showed that many archives of Belgian women’s organisations from the years 1880-1950 had gone lost, for lack of a specialized archives center. The then minister for Equal Opportunities, Miet Smet, supported the foundation of our organization and gave it funding.

Could you describe the accessibility of your space?

The reading room should be wheelchair accessible, but the elevator is broken and not sure when it will be repared. A wheelchair accessible toilet is only available in the main building, not in the reading room. We are located close to public transport: metro / tram / bus / (Botanique / Madou / Quételet). An underground parking is available, but not easily accessible by wheelchair. The reading room has sturdy chairs without armrests. A restaurant (wheelchair accessible) is situated in the main building.

Where can we find you virtually and/or physically?

Amazone building, Rue du Méridien 10, 1210 Brussels
Phone: 02 229 38 31
Opening hours reading room mo – fri: 9h - 17h
We prefer working by appointment and you can contact us by mail with questions at

AVG-Carhif, 2022

*based on queer archives