Karlsruher Postulate for Gender Equality in Art and Culture

„The 4th UN World Conference on Women took place in September 1995 in Beijing. 189 UN member states acknowledged the crucial role of mass media to overcome gender stereotyping and discrimination. As latest studies show, almost nothing has improved in the last 25 years: Still in fiction movies two thirds of the characters are men and one third are women. Men have twice as much dialogue than women. For actresses over 40 years there are less and less roles, for actors the offers increase the older they become. At the same time women are sexually or sexually reified depicted three times more often than men. In a nutshell: Women are told – often in a reduced, stereotype and discriminating way – and men are telling. Since at least #Metoo more and more people realize: We need a revolution of gender relations, not the least on our screens, in our headphones and loudspeakers – and at the positions in charge behind them. We need a revolution, so that the equality of women and men eventually will become reality:

We demand:

  • Parity in all areas of life, referring to Angela Merkel’s claim: “Parity has to be our aim at all positions.” (Dresden, July 15, 2019)
  • Regular international summits of parity, goals of parity with the commitment of the participating countries
  • Playing schedules of parity for radio play and television programs, theater, cinema, opera
  • Parity of all top-ranking positions / moderations / interviewees and speakers / airtime at public broadcasting stations according to the fees which have been payed equally by men and women
  • Gender equitable language in all texts
  • At least 50% women only juries for the next 25 years
  • Same income and salary for the same work of female artists and employees in creative jobs
  • More flexible and better working conditions regarding family duties and more circumspection in case of multi responsibilities
  • Ant-bias-training for leaders
  • More courage regarding the support of diversity, risks and radical processes

We covenant:

  • To acknowledge diversity as a criterion of quality
  • To scout female authors and directors actively beyond our own little peer-group, to offer assignments to women actively, to encourage and support them
  • To create and commission mixed teams
  • To acknowledge the achievements of teams more instead of continuing to celebrate the myth of the ingenious lone warrior
  • To support female only teams
  • To improve working conditions and to introduce flexible working hours, working spaces and working groups
  • To check texts for invitation to tender regarding gender equality and diversity, so that they become more appealing to women
  • To use the principle of collaboration in our work
  • To practice the democratic code of conduct at work
  • To demand and promote inclusive leadership
  • To work towards sensitizing society via supporting gender equitable language, anti-discrimination measurements, integration and the development of intercultural competences
  • To be self-reflexive: to become aware of one’s own prejudices, reservations, to identify one’s own stereotypes and schemata and to overcome them
  • To become publicly visible and to get loud, to support networking, to form alliances, to communicate claims clearly
  • To set radical examples

Signed by the speakers (Sabine Hark, Lamya Kaddor, Stefanie Lohaus, Ania Mauruschat und Luise F. Pusch) and the participants of the workshop “Wie weiblich ist der Kulturbetrieb?” at the ARD-Hörspieltage 2019, ZKM Karlsruhe November 9, 2019″