At this year's Reeperbahnfestival in Hamburg, the MaLisa Foundation was actively involved in four events. September 22, 2022 was dedicated to our new research "Gender in Music - Charts, Works and Festival Stages". It was a day full of memorable moments, discussions, encounters - and music.
New research by the MaLisa Foundation: Industry remains highly male-dominated. Research by the MaLisa Foundation, in cooperation with GEMA and Music S Women, shows that there has been little change in terms of equality of opportunity since 2010. The study, "Gender in Music - Charts, Works and Festival Stages", focuses on gender distribution in the charts, in GEMA work registrations and on festival stages. The results reveal a clear imbalance. On September 22, 2022, the new data will be discussed at the Reeperbahn Festival.
The MaLisa Foundation was established in 2016 by Maria and Elisabeth Furtwängler. Its aim is to create a free, equal society. On an international level, it campaigns to end violence against women and girls. In Germany, it also focuses on promoting social diversity and overcoming restrictive role models.
The MaLisa Foundation is the next step in Maria and Elisabeth Furtwängler's mission to empower women and young girls, by overcoming gender-based discrimination in Germany. The Foundation’s initiatives focus on the representation of gender in music and media as well as projects for more audiovisual diversity in the culture and media industry.
"The everyday discrimination and humiliation of women in our society makes me incredibly angry. As a media professional, I am particularly interested in the images which are presented to us on a daily basis. If we want to change something, we need to study and understand the status quo. This is why we take a closer look at the images circulating in the media but also at ourselves."
"The country needs new images! We rarely see role models who motivate us to think, act and live with greater diversity. I know from my friends that sexism also hurts men. They suffer as much as we women do from the stereotypical assignment of roles. I wish that both women and men could have the freedom to tread new paths and I am happy if we can contribute towards this with the foundation."
"Over half the population are women but they rarely enjoy equal rights - whether in politics, business, science or the media. This is not in tune with a modern, democratic society. Restrictive gender roles are a hindrance to progress and form a breeding ground for discrimination. At the MaLisa Foundation, we are an advocate for greater diversity and a more equal society."