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In partnership with DATA SIM, SatéliteLat investigates women in Chilean music





In 2019, DATA SIM conducted an unprecedented study in the Brazilian music market. The research "Women in the Music Industry in Brazil: Obstacles, Opportunities and Perspectives", compatible with the "Women In The U.S. Music Industry: Obstacles And Opportunities", from Berklee College of Music and Women in Music (WIM). Now in Chile, ROMMDA (Red de Organizaciones en la Música de Mujeres y Disidencias Asociades) and SatéliteLat, in partnership with DATA SIM, are announcing "Women and Dissitents in the Chilean Music Industry: Obstacles, Opportunities and Perspectives," a study that will investigate the presence of women in the country's music market.

Dani Ribas, DATA SIM Director, says that it was a dream of the participants of SatéliteLat (a network of female music workers in Latin America) to carry out similar studies in all Latin American countries and that Noela Salas, director of IMESUR, was the first to embrace the idea outside Brazil: "It was she who made it possible to provide support, including from the Ministry of Culture and women's networks. And there, in Chile, we understand that it is this satellite that is conducting the research in partnership with DATA SIM. And there are many other feminist networks and aggregations, more than 20, that are supporting the research".

In order for the surveys to be carried out both in Brazil and Chile, the questionnaire underwent changes to correctly measure the data, adapting to the reality of each country. "We calculate our wages monthly and there they calculate the incomes annually, there the mentoring has much greater importance... So we had to make several adaptations to our context," explains Dani. She adds, citing the scenario of Chilean socio-political conflict added to the coronavirus: "We had to make more adaptations than we had already done here in Brazil. When, in our research, we asked 'What is your work situation now?', 'What was your work situation 5 years ago?' and 'What will be your work situation 5 years from now, where do you want to be?', we had to make an adaptation for Chile because we can't talk about now in this way... this one now carries with it these two crises, right?"

The researcher points out that coronavirus represents a greater risk for women, since cases of domestic violence increased exponentially after social isolation and that the questionnaire also aims to help them. "We know that they are also more susceptible to domestic violence and this may be becoming even more invisible. So we included a specific question about this and even ask if they are in need of help with this kind of problem".

The implementation of such analysis represents a step forward in building a fairer market, where women are not discriminated against and increasingly occupy space. "When you have numbers in hand, you can act on reality," concludes Dani Ribas. 

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