Experience the sights and sounds of a Mayan marketplace in Guatemala by taking a virtual reality trip at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

A fascinating new exhibition uses virtual reality technology and vibrant folk-art objects to tell stories of women who are weaving, beading and sewing their way to a better future.A visitor using virtual reality technology in the in Empowering Women exhibition photo by Jessica Sigurdson

Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities explores the work of women in 11 cooperatives in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

In Morocco, an artist teaches a village of women to read and to lead. In India, an embroiderer takes out her first loan. In Rwanda, two sisters start a weaving collective that expands to 4,000 women – both Tutsi and Hutu. In Swaziland, artisan women use part of their earnings to support a soup kitchen for AIDS orphans.

Beautiful products from female-run global cooperatives are also available for sale in the Museum’s Boutique – including colourful textiles hand-woven by the Mayan women from Guatemala featured in the exhibition.

See it soon; the travelling exhibition is only in Winnipeg for five months.

Article sponsored by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.