France: gender equality in culture and the media, a priority for the government
On Tuesday 25 March 2014, for the second consecutive year, Aurélie Filippetti, the French Minister of Culture and Communication, convened a meeting of the Ministerial Committee for gender equality in the field of culture and the media.
The meeting offered an opportunity to take stock of the changing role of women in the field of culture and media and present two studies: one conducted by the Observatory for Equality in culture and communication between 2013 and 2014, and the other conducted at the request of Aurélie Filippetti by the CNC (French National Center of Cinematography) on the status of women in the film and audiovisual industry.
Convened for the first time in 2013, the committee, chaired by the Minister of culture and communication, comprises some thirty professionals from the culture and media world, including elected officials, non-profit groups, leaders of cultural and media institutions, professional organizations, artists and experts and of course, Ministry staff (see the full list of members). In addition to its observer role, the Committee also makes proposals. Its purpose is to assess the results of initiatives for improving the situation, evaluate the difficulties and make recommendations aimed at promoting gender equality in culture and media.
According to the Minister, a determined and proactive stance is needed. Several forms of leverage are being applied, including incentives to ensure that women creators are better represented in programming, as well as the fight against stereotypes and gender bias. This fight is one of the objectives of the bill for substantive equality of opportunity between women and men, defended in Parliament by the Minister of Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who recommends, among other things, that the competence of the Higher Audiovisual Council be strengthened in this area.
Find out more:
Observatory for gender equality in culture and the media (in French)
Gender equality: “the beginning of change” - website of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication
French press kit: The government joins forces to promote gender equality in the fields of culture, communication and public media, research and scientific culture