Some of our first steps on the ground in Binga were to join Zubo in visiting the Women Forums in the six Wards that Zubo is working.
The women of Zubo’s Forums are doing fantastic work in their local communities. They are assisting women to come and work together as teams, often as saving and lending groups realizing income-generating projects, they pass on training of workshops for example on business skills, they debate issues affecting women and seek for solutions or for further help and, they share community work among the vulnerable members of their communities. A focus of the women’s local work consists in supporting and mentoring girl children.
The Women Forums and their communities are often far off the “beaten track” … as you can see when following our steps on the sound maps of aporee radio.
Songs build togetherness, move team-work, release stress, pass on…
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Pigeonholes, Precarity, and the Zero-Sum Game of Time
On Speaking Out
On August 3rd, 2016, during the 70th Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, under the rubric of Michael Rebhahn’s Historage commissions, I organized a panel discussion on gender relations in the new music scene. During the talk, I presented data pulled from the Darmstadt archive charting female/male ratios of compositions performed, prizes won, participants attended, and faculty tutors for each year of the festival. This data served as a launching point for a round table discussion involving Georgina Born, Arnbjörg Danielsen, Neele Hülcker, Susanne Kirchmayr, Anne-Hilde Neset, Sam Salem, Thomas Schäfer, and Jennifer Walshe.
The forceful insight voiced by these panelists sent ripples of energy through the Darmstadt community that were incredible to witness. GRID (Gender Research in Darmstadt) events sprang up all over the place. Think tanks were organized, articles written, actions staged, websites created, interviews conducted…
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lovely resource from berlin – including nice short portraits of various artists and collaborators
Meetup is a new and growing community of female artists in the fields of music and arts in Berlin. We meet every second week of the month to discuss and exchange ideas, develop projects and combine forces to make things happen. Meetup provides an opportunity to meet likeminded individuals for collaborating on projects.
::: Discussion and Learning :::
Discussion and learning are encouraged. It is our goal to present and cover topics of interest to music and art, including but not limited to research, journalism, production, promotion, organization etc. We want to share knowledge in a relaxed open-minded environment.
::: Participation :::
We provide a platform for women to practice djing and vjing. Female artists, whether aspiring or professional, are welcome to participate by performing, djing, vjing – bringing and sharing their own works or music by other artists and by proposing ideas for projects and discussions.
::: Diversity :::
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⚠️ Location as usual, in our beloved place in Kreuzberg. Please PM for details! ⚠️
On the occasion of the 3rd Heroines of Sound Festival 8 -10 December at HAU, Berlin Heroines Editions presents female electronic music, film and discussions.
A range of events dedicated to past and future artists related to the Heroines of Sound Festival.
In this Heroines of Sound in cooperation with MEETUP we will show a documentation film about the last festival, followed by audio visual performances.
film premiere: documentation of Heroins of Sound Festival 2015
director: Susanne Elgeti
discussion with Mo Loschelder and Bettina Wackernagel (curators of Heroines of Sound Festival)
Wednesday, 16th November 2016, from 7pm
at a Hall, Berlin Kreuzberg, please PM!
Heroines of Sound wird gefördert durch den Regierenden…
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GRID: Gender Research in Darmstadt A think tank on diversity and gender equality issues taking place over the course of the Darmstädter Ferienkurse by initiative of Ashley Fure in collaboration wit…
By Maren Hancock, PhD Candidate (ABD)
Department of Women’s Studies, York University
This study was initially presented at the PCA/ACA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, February 2011.
Gimmick: something which is not serious or of real value that is used to attract people’s attention or interest temporarily, especially to make them buy something 
This study examines how professional female DJs in North America are often considered to be either tokens or gimmicks, both within DJ culture specifically, and the public imaginary in general. In demonstrating how female DJs are imagined according to the token/gimmick binary, I also seek to emphasize some resulting strategies that female DJs employ to either use each stereotype to their advantage, or reject them both altogether. This research…
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International Women’s Day is Tuesday, March 8th, 2016. The day’s purpose is to “celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.” This year’s theme is: Pledge for Parity. Professional dance music DJs today are internationally known entities, touring the world and benefitting from what’s become a globally recognized culture. Yet the industry surrounding it is far from being equitable for women.
To accelerate parity from within, turn(the)tables on, a non-profit using dance music to fight problems of inequity and injustice, is suggesting DJs and producers make a pledge for International Women’s Day and beyond to challenge conscious and unconscious bias and create a more inclusive, flexible culture. How? Through the creation of charts on sites like Beatport, Traxsource, Juno, Resident Advisor, and wherever else they may already be active, on March 8th dedicated to the special day, with the intention of turning the tables on gender gaps in dance music by featuring the work of female producers and musicians. In doing so, we hope to raise awareness about the current inequity the industry faces, gage where we’re at collectively, point people towards the various female groups already doing great work in this arena, and increase the visibility of female DJs and producers.
Why is this problem so important? female:pressure, an international network of female artists in the fields of electronic music and digital arts, surveyed the industry in 2013 and provided an overview of its state. The percentages of female artists featured on festival lineups, club billings, and record label rosters were dismal, but even worse, had not improved when revisited in 2015. They found women to comprise only 10.8%, 9.4%, and 18%, respectively. This is despite heavy organizing, the issue being covered more often by the media, and the current trend of open dialogue around the subject. (https://femalepressure.wordpress.com/)
While many women have come forward to heighten the collective consciousness around this issue and inspire debate, one voice largely isn’t being heard, and that’s men’s. With the greater society we live in being structurally patriarchal, gender parity will not be seen if men continue to stay silent. The sentiment from the other side of the gender spectrum is that more intermingling is the desired end goal. This is obvious in that many women in the industry are weary of being featured on all female lineups, but their counterparts ironically don’t think twice when it’s all male. There are plenty of cases of blatant sexism and misogyny to point a finger at, but perhaps more damaging is the false allies who are complicit in the unequal representation of women DJs, their harsher judgment, and the unfair demands leveled at their sex.
Besides giving men a chance to stand up and be counted alongside their female colleagues, the campaign will tackle why gender parity is also in their favor as well, through the combined efforts of editorial and the surrounding discussions. We’ll also be looking at some of the many reasons behind the current situation and developing solutions, like our campaign. The plans to execute include collecting signatures through a change.orgpetition, creating online event pages, spreading content through social media channels, sourcing editorial and press coverage, and curating media playlists on sites like SoundCloud and Mixcloud — all leading up to charts pouring in on March 8th.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1525587751104859/
by Helen Reddington
Historically, women have not been associated with technology unless it helped with the housework – vacuum cleaners, refrigerators and washing machines – or their fertility (ten years ago I did a search for women+technology and was rewarded with a pageful of sites offering reproductive technology solutions). In times of war, we were useful as code-breakers and navigators; suddenly our supposedly non-mathematical brains develop useful ‘male’ attributes that disappear as soon as peace resumes. Women were at the forefront of computing in the 1940s (see I Code Like a Girl). In the competitive world of the music industry, the marketing of women’s sexuality has always been to the forefront, conveniently stereotyping women as singers, and men as instrumentalists or controllers of sound production. This stereotype appears to be impossible to shake off. Continue reading