The Schweizerische Ausstellung für Frauenarbeit (SAFFA, English: Swiss Exhibition for Women’s Work) was an exhibition that took place in Bern in 1928 and in Zürich in 1958. SAFFA was organized by the Bund Schweizerischer Frauenvereine (BFS, the Federation of Swiss Women’s Associations), the Swiss Catholic Women’s League (SKF), and 28 other Swiss women’s associations, to highlight the precarious situation of working women in the postwar years.
In the ‘”Viererfeld” area (today Länggasse-Felsenau) in Bern, the first Saffa was held from 26 August until 30 September 1928. Louise (Lux) Guyer, the first Swiss women architect, was the chief organizator, and she completed the buildings in only three months using prefabricated elements made of wood. When the fair opened, her reputation was firmly established. Focus of the exhibition were the services of women in family, working life, science and art; the representation of women’s work and their importance for the Swiss economy and society. Saffa also promoted the female self-confidence and campaigned –for the so far not related – political rights to the Swiss women and the right to a gainful employment, as well as for their recognition as Swiss citizens with all political rights, unless the Women’s suffrage in Switzerland was realized in the last cantons in 1990.