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Celebrate female DJs and producers this International Women’s Day

If you’re a music junkie, you may have been invited to non-profit organization turn(the)tables on’s global International Women’s Day event. The Facebook event, A Call to Dedicate DJ Charts to Female Producers on International Women’s Day as a Pledge for Parity, is essentially inviting all stakeholders in the dance music industry to log on to their favourite music store or website on March 8, 2016, and create charts dedicated to female producers.

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The non-profit’s intention is to take an honest look at inequalities within the industry, raise awareness about the gender gap and highlight the women and groups who are already pushing for positive change in this area.

“The campaign has had a lot of great feedback from people whose opinions I value and care about,” Austen van der Bleek, founder of turn(the)tables on, tells SheKnows.

Sites like Beatport, Juno Download and Traxsource are supporting the campaign, with organizations like UK-based Party for the People and international network female:pressure also lending their support.

And the event is also listed on the IWD website.
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So how can you participate?

  1. Join the Facebook event, and invite your friends to participate as well.
  2. Sign turn(the)tables on’s petition inviting DJs, promoters and the media to participate in this #PledgeForParity.
  3. Create a chart featuring your favourite female producers, artists and songwriters.

Signing the petition and dedicating a chart to women in the dance music industry may just be symbolic gestures, but van der Bleek hopes that “focusing on women for a day or making a pledge to be more aware of the disparity in the number of women performing or being showcased by our media” will not only increase the visibility of female DJs and producers but also encourage more women to join the industry.

What are you doing for International Women’s Day? Tell us in the comments section below.

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