Gender equality and culture is mainly on the agenda of NGOs. For example, the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation is an independent NGO promoting social justice, gender equality and human rights through research, education, legislative changes and advocacy.
Some NGOs deal specifically with the equal integration of women from the minority cultural communities – especially Roma women – into the mainstream life of Bulgarian society.
The Bulgarian Women’s Fund is an organisation that supports local non-governmental organisations working for women’s rights to achieve equality in all spheres of public life and to eliminate all forms of discrimination, including in the cultural sector. The Fund seeks to promote women’s artistic participation through various initiatives. In 2019, for example, the Bulgarian Fund for Women announced a competition for artistic projects for women with a prize pool of BGN 30 000. The competition aims to provoke debate about the role of women in art and society today.
The NGO Gender Project for Bulgaria, founded in 1994, is working on raising the public awareness of equal opportunities of men and women and women’s rights as human rights. It lobbies the national and local authorities to implement the gender equality policy of UN and EU.
At this stage, there are no official data on the number of women in key and management positions in the cultural sector.