Ausschreibung: ExpertInnen für Dialog mit EU-Kommission zum Thema "Gender Balance in Cultural and Creative Sectors" gesucht

Call for Applications


Brainstorming Session: 4-5 September 2019 – Prague/Czech Republic

Dialogue Meeting: 5-6 November 2019 – Brussels/Belgium

What is it about?
The Brainstorming Session on GENDER EQUALITY: Gender Balance in Cultural and Creative Sectors represents the opportunity for a group of around 35 European civil society stakeholders in the cultural sector to exchange ideas on this topic and to present these to the European Commission.

The group will brainstorm on 4-5 September 2019 in Prague, and then discuss the main ideas (to be summarised in a Brainstorming Report) with representatives of the European Commission at a Dialogue Meeting in Brussels on 5- 6 of November 2019.

Why is it important?
Several gender gaps exist in nearly all cultural fields in the world and across the EU. Women are not only underrepresented in the workforce, mainly in creative jobs and in leadership and decision-making positions, but also paid less than their male colleagues.

Moreover, gender stereotypes and sexual harassment are still widely taking place, while access of female artists to resources and to the art market is often limited. The conditions on the labour market make women artists particularly vulnerable, in particular as far as labour segregation, social rights related to pregnancy, maternity and pensions are concerned.


  1.  Applicants will be informed whether they have been selected, based on the criteria below, or not, by 27 July 2019.
  2. The selected participants are requested to come mandated by their organisation/network to the Brainstorming Session on 4-5 September 2019. Part of the preparation expected from participants in the Brainstorming Session will be to answer the questions under the theme description in cooperation with their network and peers. The answers will then be summarised into a paper, which will be a starting point for discussion on 5-6 November 2019.
  3. The Brainstorming Session is a short gathering of a day and a half, which serves as an opportunity for the cultural sector to brainstorm together and structure the ideas they would like to convey to the European Commission at the Dialogue Meeting at a later stage.
  4. The summary of the discussion will be compiled in a Brainstorming Report, drafted by volunteers from the group of participants itself during the meeting. The Brainstorming Report will be finalised remotely in collaboration with the whole group between the Brainstorming Session and the Dialogue Meeting.

Who can apply?
The call is open to representatives of the cultural and creative sectors (professional organisations, cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, European networks, foundations, private organisations, etc.) with relevant expertise on the topic “Gender Equality: Gender Balance in Cultural and Creative Sectors”, who would like to contribute to discussions with the European Commission. Organisations applying must be from one of the 28 EU Member States.

Practical information
The Brainstorming Meeting for the first topic will place on the 4th and 5th of September 2019 at the Goethe-Institut Prague.Travel, accommodation and catering for the participants will be provided by Voices of Culture.
The Dialogue meeting for this topic will take on 5th and 6th of November 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. Travel, accommodation and catering for the participants will be provided by Voices of Culture.

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Deadline for completing the application form is 14 June 2019.

Voices of Culture ‒ Structured Dialogue between the European Commission and the cultural sector, provides a framework for discussions between EU civil society stakeholders and the European Commission with regard to culture.

For this purpose, Voices of Culture invites people working in the cultural and creative sectors to give their input on a topic set out by the European Commission. It aims to strengthen the advocacy capacity of the cultural sector in policy debates on culture at a European level, while encouraging it to work in a more collaborative way. 

Voices of Culture 2019 – 2021 is implemented by the Goethe-Institut on behalf of the European Commission.