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Gender Equality Policy in the Arts, Culture and Media – Comparative Perspectives

BY 31.10.17

GERMANY is still lagging behind its neighbours when it comes to women in culture and media, according to a comprehensive survey of the role of women in the arts, culture and media in selected European countries, carried out by the Hertie School of Governance under the academic direction of Helmut K. Anheier, and supported by the German government’s Commissioner for Culture and Media.

Only 22 percent of operational managers in Germany’s large media organisations are women, for example, below the EU average of 33 percent female executives. Germany's gender pay gap, in the arts and entertainment sector, is clearly above the average among the countries studied (29.8 percent in Germany / 19.4 percent on average for the countries studied). Pensions for German women also represent the largest gender-based difference among the countries studied (46 percent in Germany / 38 percent EU average).

The findings were recently presented at a round table presentation with Monika Grütters, Germany’s State Minister for Culture and Media. “The study published today allows us to look outside the box and learn from the experiences of our neighbours,” says Minister Grütters. “We will now examine the study and its proposals in detail. I find it interesting to note that several of the countries studied created mentoring programmes. This shows that we are on the right track, for example, with the mentoring programme we have launched for artists". Download the full report here.

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THIS UNESCO report provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. It also examines the close relationship between World Heritage and tourism, and how climate change is likely to exacerbate problems caused by unplanned tourism development and uncontrolled or poorly managed visitor access, as well as other threats and stresses.

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EU study on ‘Mapping Creative Value Chains in the Digital Age’ EU study on ‘Mapping Creative Value Chains in the Digital Age’

THE European Commission’s recent study, 'Mapping the Creative Value Chains - A Study On The Economy Of Culture In The Digital Age', is a follow up to KEA’s ground-breaking 2006 research on the Economy of Culture in Europe.

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THE National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has released findings of their second Economic Impact Assessment study which reveals the industry’s economic contribution to the country’s GDP over a four-year period. The study, conducted by Urban Econ in the 2016/17 financial year, identifies and quantifies the economic impact of the film and television industry between January 2013 to March 2017.

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SA Cultural Observatory announces 3rd international conference to be held in Nelson Mandela Bay: ‘Beyond the creative economy?' SA Cultural Observatory announces 3rd international conference to be held in Nelson Mandela Bay: ‘Beyond the creative economy?'

THE future of creativity and its role in our society will be a key focus area of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) third national conference, which returns to Nelson Mandela Bay in March 2018, the research institute announced today. Embracing the theme ‘Beyond the creative economy? Trends and Issues in National and Regional Economies’ the 2018 conference will run over two days on 7 and 8 March 2018, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

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THE Zeitz Mocaa has two job openings on offer. As the Wendy Fisher Assistant Curator of Digital Platforms and the Torben Wind Assistant Curator of Digital Platforms the selected candidates will assist the AfriSam Curator of Digital Platforms in distributing the AfriSam Audio Tours. Candidates will assist with managing the Audio Tours desk and assist with the distribution of the Audio Tour devices.

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