The year 2020 was an unusual one for everyone, and the MaLisa Foundation was no exception. Shortly after the year began, the Corona pandemic changed how we live and work. We look back on an eventful year. Many plans had to be changed, and the urgency of our core issues became even clearer. With two studies and numerous other activities, we contributed to the advancement of diversity and gender equality in the media industry.
What are the representations offered by streaming series with regard to gender, sexual orientation and ethnic diversity? A study sponsored by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, ZDF and the MaLisa Foundation provides the first analysis of streaming and SVOD series in the German market.
There has been much debate about the fact that in the political and media discourses on the corona pandemic in Germany, it is primarily men's opinions that are in demand. Two recent studies by the MaLisa Foundation have examined gender justice in television reporting and in the online editions of print media. The focus was on the questions: How often do women and men have their say overall? How often and on which topics are they consulted as experts?
For her commitment to women and girls worldwide, Dr. Maria Furtwängler was honored with the Karl Kübel Prize 2017 on 29 September 2017 in Bensheim.
The MaLisa Foundation partnered with the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI) to conduct the largest research study worldwide into the representation of women and men in music videos.
The publication of the study “Audiovisual Diversity” was extensively covered by media and stimulated lively discussions in the social networks. The study was widely described as long overdue. Its findings have been considered as a solid basis for further discussion and to demand concrete and sustainably change.