Germany/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.10 Gender equality and cultural policies

Women continue to be underrepresented not only in leadership positions in the cultural policy sector but also in artistic professions and cultural institutions. More recent studies, however, indicate a certain trend towards greater involvement of women in decision-making positions of cultural institutions and in public cultural policy making. Only 16% of the culture departments have women in decision-making positions, but 48% of the culture administrations are led by women. In 8 of the 16 Lander of the Federal Republic, women hold a position as Minister or State Secretary for Culture.

A number of Land ministries for cultural affairs have budgeted funds to promote cultural activities by and for women or to support independent organisations which promote women in cultural life such as the Frauenkulturbüro NRW, an office for female artists in North Rhine-Westphalia. Numerous cultural institutions and programmes for women have become firmly established at local level as well, such as the Frauen Museum in Bonn and Wiesbaden, the Women's Film Festivals "Feminale" in Cologne and "femme totale" in Dortmund. The cultural activities of the local gender equality offices deserve special mention in this context.

The "Gabriele Münter Prize", is awarded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth to professional women artists over the age of 40 for their works.


Chapter published: 30-08-2016


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