MAV Equality Tool

The MAV Equality Tool is an application designed by MAV, the association of Women in the Visual Arts, along with a team of experts, as a useful instrument for museums that want to make use of an equality self-diagnosis. Using a series of parameters, based on equality and respect for diversity in society, the tool helps analyse and visualize whether the museum complies or not with the parameters.

On this page, you can see some general data that both museums and art centres have provided by filling in the tool questionnaire. The statistical data, based on the concept of equality, has been classified under three fundamental criteria (Redistribution, Representation and Recognition) and five complementary criteria (Diversity, Autonomy, Participation, Appropriateness of Design and Proximity).

General statistics

33 Museums and Art Centres

Have carried out or are currently carrying out their self-diagnosis process.

17 cities

Host the 33 Museums and Art Centres that are engaged in the self-diagnosis process using the MAV Equality Tool.


Santa Cruz de Tenerife


Las Palmas


A Coruña











Statistics according to equality criteria

Of the 33 participating Museums and Art centres, 23 have already completed the self-diagnosis questionnaire.

Icon F shows the number of Museums and Art Centres that have obtained a favorable result in the criteria.

Icon G represents the number of Museums and Art Centres that need to work on the criteria to improve the equality in their institution.

RedistributionFundamental criteria

This criterion relates the economic structure, the division of labor and the feminization of certain job categories. The goal of these criteria is the achievement of socioeconomic equality (Fraser, 2006).

F 12 G 4

RecognitionFundamental criteria

This criterion takes into account the symbolic nature and cultural value associated with objects, concepts and constructions that are gendered. They facilitate a process of symbolic deconstruction of masculinity and the valorization of other non-hegemonic constructions. It aims to achieve equity between genders (Fraser, 2006).

F 6 G 11

RepresentationFundamental criteria

This is a form of visibilization with political and social consequences and with the politics of vision (Haraway, 1991). It is related to redistribution in order to achieve recognition between women and men. It supposes the overrepresentation (in the face of a historical situation of underrepresentation) of a power group in order to deconstruct the hegemonic bourgeois western masculine imaginary. It aims to avoid the devaluation of genders and other social groups (Fraser, 2006).

F 5 G 12

DiversityComplementary criteria

This criterion takes into account the different needs of people based on gender, sex, age, functional diversity, origin, culture and social condition, among other factors. 'The fact of not including [diversity] causes the appearance of spaces in which only one type of user is considered, a universal, falsely neutral and inclusive whole. Universality leaves out all activity and everyone not framed in the 'normality' of the dominant experience (class, gender, sex, origin and culture, etc.)' (Col·lectiu Punt 6, 2014).

F 5 G 12

AutonomyComplementary criteria

'When people's need for autonomy is not considered, spaces are created that do not promote trust because they are not accessible to people with functional diversity or people with strollers or shopping carts: spaces that convey the perception of insecurity so that a part of the population does not use them out of fear; spaces that by their design do not promote the autonomy of the elderly, dependents or infants, who need a caregiver to always be by their side, a fact that curtails the freedom of the caregiver and the cared for' (Col·lectiu Punt 6 , 2014).

F 6 G 11

ParticipationComplementary criteria

This focuses on the needs and demands of users and visitors. It looks at the permeability of the museum or art center to public and its active work to incorporate the public into different levels of planning.

F 8 G 9

Design adequacyComplementary criteria

This criterion studies whether a gender analysis has been carried out in the design by disaggregating data by sex, age, ethnicity and socioeconomic group and whether a realistic strategy to promote gender equality is included' (CIDA, in Ligero et al., 2014).

F 6 G 9

ProximityComplementary criteria

In order to take into account the availability of different publics who attend the museum's activities, it is advisable to first define the institution's diverse target audiences. From there, the museum needs to find out how much time these different groups have available to participate in the museum’s programmed activities. In addition, the museum should pay special attention to the potential public that lives in or frequents the neighborhood where the museum is located, especially at the end of the workday.

F 11 G 6

Statistics of the level of achievement of each criterion by Museum

This interactive graph shows the level of achievement so far in each criterion by the Museums and Art Centres that have completed the self-diagnosis.

Statistics of the level of achievement of the criteria in relation to location

This interactive chart provides an overview of the results obtained for the different criteria in relation to the geographical location of the Museum or Art Centre.

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