On the occasion of Women's Day, on March 8, the director of MadWomenFest, Pilar Jurado, participated in a special conference in the European Parliament, where she announced that one of the winners in the next edition of this festival dedicated to Culture and music with gender equality will be the European Commissioner for Gender Equality, Vera Jurovà, for her "work in defense of women's rights". The multidisciplinary artist and cultural agitator also announced her desire to reward the work of Vilija Blinkeviciute, president of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of the EP.
This festival, which celebrated its first edition in Madrid last October, was born with the aim of spreading through music "to a whole cultural movement that is born from the most relevant women in the world of Arts, from leading creators of all artistic disciplines that are capable of launching into the universe in which we live a different look and drawing a more hopeful horizon towards which to summon our society. " During his conference in the European Parliament, Jury also expressed his willingness for the festival to expand its borders and announced that this year it will be in Berlin "and I hope that every year we can make a European country a guest country of the festival," he added. "I want MadWomenAwards to be special in the 2018 edition because I think his work is very important and because there are certain people that are worth being recognized, not only at the political level, but also by society." "The only way to counteract the underrepresentation of women is precisely by putting many women to show their talent. That is what we have done at MadWomenFest," said the soprano and composer. "The empowerment of women also starts with the empowerment of art."